The MonashHeart cardiac rhythm management (CRM) services diagnose, manage and treat cardiac arrhythmias including bradyarrhythmias and tacharrhythmias in paediatric, adolescent and adult patients. CRM services also implant the Watchman device to occlude the left atrial appendage, thus ceasing the need for Warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation.
Our cardiac catheterisation laboratory dedicated to CRM procedures is equipped with state-of-the-art electrophysiology equipment.
The full range of ECG services is also available including:
- 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Holter and loop monitoring
- Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
- Exercise stress testing
- Device monitoring clinics
- Device home monitoring services
- MonashHeart has six electrophysiologists on staff, all of whom have completed sub-specialty advanced CRM training overseas at prestigious cardiac hospitals in Canada or the US.
- Our two paediatric electrophysiologists specialise in CRM problems in patients from new born to 18 years of age, performing procedures at MonashHeart (patients greater than 30 kgs) and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.
- Our CRM cardiac technologists, who assist the CRM medical staff in CRM procedures, clinics and outpatient monitoring, are trained to the highest educational standards.
- Each year we perform approximately 710 device implantations (pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators) and over 370 electrophysiology studies.
- In November 2009 we are proud to have been the first site in Australia to perform a left atrial appendage occlusion with the Watchman device. We continue to perform this procedure and results so far are very promising.
- In 2012 we successfully performed the first Australian cases of last balloon pulmonary vein isolation, a major advance in the curative treatment of atrial fibrillation.
- In 2014 MonashHeart were the first in Australia to implant a leadless subcutaneous defibrillator.
- More information is available on our website regarding which ECG services are provided at which site as well as how to make a referral.
- Referral to an electrophysiologist is required for expert cardiac arrhythmia consultation and consideration if a cardiac catheterisation laboratory procedure is appropriate. See also our specialist directory.