Chest pain and a trip to emergency for cardiac stress tests

August 26, 2016| Our Community /

The week before 75-year-old Moolap resident Valerie Golding felt some niggling chest pains, she had climbed a mountain at Shoal Bay in NSW and played her regular 18 holes of golf.

A resident at Bellarine Lakes, Mrs Golding lives five minutes from the golf course and plays twice a week. And it looks like all that physical activity is paying off. She knew that chest pains require immediate attention, so she saw her doctor who recommended she take a cardiac stress test.

I had heard that the Epworth Geelong had recently opened. When my GP told me they would be able to see me without delay, I jumped at it.
— Valerie Golding
patient Valeria Golding on the treadmill with Epworth cardiac technician Madeline Waters. Credit: Peter Ristevski

patient Valeria Golding on the treadmill with Epworth cardiac technician Madeline Waters. Credit: Peter Ristevski

Arriving at the shiny new Epworth Geelong, I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful surroundings, great car parking, smiling and helpful staff and I was happy to pay the $60 out of pocket expenses for the convenience.” She was met by Madeline Waters, a young cardiac technician
selected specially by Epworth to join the team. The role of the cardiac technician is to run the tests, monitor vital signs, ensure patients understand the tests and are comfortable. “We are the patients’ advocate,” Ms Waters said.

Ms Waters was attracted to cardiac diagnostics by the potential it has for helping people without causing pain or discomfort and really likes the patient interaction. Overseeing the test was cardiologist Dr Cathy Jaworski who was quickly able to reassure Mrs Golding that her heart function was normal and strong.

“These days we can learn so much about heart health without resorting to surgical or invasive interventions,” Dr Jaworski said. “We can wire someone up and they can go about their normal business and live their
normal life. It’s not noticeable to others that they’re being monitored and the quality of the data that we gather is quite amazing.“In the case of Mrs Golding, it’s great to be able to tell her she’s in good heart health and that she can continue to enjoy her active life without having to worry.”

If you experience chest pain get it checked. If the pain is severe go to an emergency department immediately. Our emergency department is open 8am until midnight.

For a cardiac stress test, get a referral from your health care professional and call Kirsty at cardiac diagnostics on 5271 7266 to book a time.

Story courtesy Geelong Advertiser



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