Listen to your heart.

CHEST PAIN? DON'T WAIT!

See your GP, or in an emergency dial ‘000’ or go to your nearest emergency department

For non-emergency cases, with one call, fax or email*, we will provide the earliest possible booking to see a Cardiologist and qualified cardiac technicians to perform the testing you require.

The Valley Private Hospital provides a 24 hour a day emergency service, 365 days a year. Please call us on (03) 9790 4250 or for more information go to
The Valley Private Emergency Department

(*along with a current GP referral)
Rapid Assessment Chest Pain Service Video

The Valley Heart Rapid Chest Pain Assessment Service

We offer multiple locations, so if the location of the earliest possible booking does not suit you, please ask our friendly receptionist when the earliest possible booking may be in your chosen area. The Valley Heart Rapid Chest Pain Assessment Service aims to assist you to quickly identify your risk and treatment options.

With multiple locations and Cardiologists, we aim to offer you testing within 48hours of referral at our first available appointment location, or it may be slightly later if you choose to wait for a particular date or location to suit your needs. Testing is completed by a Cardiologist and technician, allowing you to receive and discuss your results directly with the Cardiologist at the time of your appointment.

The Cardiologists who are part of our service are all accredited with The Valley Private Hospital and they have access to all medical and emergency services here at The Valley.

Currently we offer services in these locations

Find Locations

How do I make a booking?

Email or fax your doctor's referral to:
Fax: 03 8791 6144
Email: valleyheart@healthecare.com.au

Or call to book an appointment.
Advise receptionist if you have a current GP referral for our service. Your GP would have filled it out via our website or your GP may have filled in and printed out a copy for you.

Phone: 03 8791 6143

What should I bring on the day of my appointment?

For all tests and procedures please bring your current referral, Medicare card, health care card, private health insurance card, hospital discharge papers (if applicable) and a list of current medications (including vitamins and supplements).

For an exercise stress test or exercise stress echocardiogram please wear comfortable clothing and runners as these tests involve walking and running on a treadmill. You may wish to bring a change of clothes.

Please refer to below information regarding PREPARATIONS for testing and always consult your GP regarding your medications prior to testing.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment time as you may be required to complete some forms.

Cancelling an appointment

Should you need to cancel your appointment please contact us at least one day in advance. We will arrange an alternative time.

Results

Your test results will be sent to your doctor and the Cardiologist as soon as possible for prompt medical attention if necessary. Stress Echo reports are sent electronically within 24-48 hours.

Patient Fees

Privately billed patients are required to pay the fees on the day of the test or consultation, by either credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or cash. Some of the testing services are bulk billed.

Cardiologists

  • Joseph Amin
  • Rafi Huq
  • Swati Mukherjee
  • Garry Barron
  • Ravi Iyer
  • Brian Zahkem
  • Dharsh Fernando
  • Rob Lew
  • Mark Freilich

Stress Echocardiogram

You may need to stop taking some medication prior to your stress echocardiogram. Medication like Beta blockers are usually stopped for 48 hours prior to the test and Calcium channel blockers are stopped for 24 hours prior to the test, unless otherwise advised by your doctor.

Preparations for the test:
  • Check with your doctor whether you need to stop taking any medications pre testing.

  • Do not drink or eat anything containing caffeine such as coffee, tea, energy drinks or chocolate on the day of the procedure.

  • You will be required to fast for at least 2 hours prior to the test, however water is permissible.

  • Please dress comfortably for exercise such as a top which can be easily removed, loose fitting pants and exercise shoes.

  • Female patients should not wear a bra during this procedure due to the placement of electrodes, however a gown will be provided.

What to expect during the test?

The patient will be asked to undergo a ‘resting’ echocardiogram. Several views of the heart are attained by the echo technician. You may be asked to breathe slowly or hold your breath, in order to obtain a full set of data.

Then you will be asked to step onto a treadmill, where you will undergo the same procedure as for a normal stress exercise test, while your ECG, heart rate and blood pressure are all recorded.

Immediately after stopping the treadmill, you will move directly to the bed and lay on your left side. The Echo examination is immediately repeated whilst your heart rate is high.

All medical procedures have risks and benefits, please discuss these with your doctor.

Stress Echo Test

What is it?

Stress echocardiography is designed to detect any significant narrowing in the blood vessels in your heart. It compares your heart function before and after exercise using echocardiography, from which your Cardiologist can infer if enough blood is getting to your heart or if a narrowing is restricting this supply. Usually, we stress your heart with exercise.

What should I expect?

At the start of the test, your heart will be imaged using an ultrasound (called echocardiography). The technician will put a thick gel on your chest which may feel cold. Then, the technician will use the transducer to send and receive sound waves. These sound waves are not audible. The transducer is placed directly on the left side of your chest, over your heart. The technician will press firmly as he or she moves the transducer across your chest and will ask you to briefly hold your breath during the test.

If you are having an exercise stress echocardiogram, you will walk on a treadmill and the gradient (slope) and speed will increase every few minutes. This will make you feel like you are walking uphill. Gradually increasing the workload on the heart ensures the test is as accurate as possible.

Once you have finished exercising, you will lie down on an examination bed and the technician will take more echocardiography pictures. You may be asked to breathe out and hold your breath briefly several times so the images can be recorded. It is very important that you do your best to hold your breath during this part of the examination because the technician has only 1-2 minutes to obtain these images before your heart slows down to a normal rate.

Most stress echo tests take about 45 minutes.

For more information on common heart problems visit the Heart Foundation.

Locations

  • Mt Waverley
  • Berwick
    St John Of God Hospital
  • Berwick
    Berwick Specialists Suites
  • Berwick
    Quality Cardiology
  • Burwood
  • Cranbourne North
  • Dandenong
  • Glen Waverley
    Waverley Heart Clinic
  • Hampton Park
    Southern Cross Medical Centre
  • Langwarrin
  • Mulgrave
    The Valley Private Hospital
  • Mulgrave
    Dan Valley Suites
  • Wheelers Hill
Address
366 Stephensons Road, Mount Waverley