OPSMC is excited to announce it is home to Australia’s first dedicated sports cardiology consulting service.
Melbourne Sports Cardiology are now consulting at OPSMC. Dr David Bertovic and Associate Professor David Prior bring their expertise in clinical cardiology and a research background in sports cardiology to the clinic in a unique combined service for this new area.
In recognition of the importance of cardiac health in sport, many elite sports are now introducing cardiac screening including ECG for all their athletes. This will require specialist expertise to interpret findings from screening and advise on management. Other athletes may suffer cardiac related problems that need to be managed in the context of their chosen sport and other athletes may have cardiac issues caused by sport. David Bertovic and Associate Prof David Prior’s links to two of Melbourne’s major cardiac hospitals provide not only pathways for more advanced assessment and treatment if required, but also the opportunity to advance research and understanding of sports cardiology.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
Our aim is to identify and manage important and sometimes life threatening cardiovascular problems with the clear goal of maintaining the safe return of the athlete to their chosen sport wherever possible. Cardiovascular care is yet another important addendum to the integrated approach already provided by the existing range of specialist sport and exercise medicine services.
Reasons for referral will vary but may include:
- New feelings of breathlessness, palpitations or chest pain during exercise
- Unexpected but unexplained change in performance during exercise
- Pre-competition screening or identified cardiac abnormality on screening
- Return to sport after previously identified cardiac problem
Assessment includes history and examination to assess both medical and sport-related problems, an Electrocardiogram (ECG) and where appropriate, further testing which may include Echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) either at rest or with exercise, cardiac MRI or Electrophysiology testing for significant cardiac rhythm disturbances.
OPSMC offers Sports Cardiology Services at our Olympic Park Campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral?
A GP or medical specialist referral is required to see a Sports Cardiologist. GP referrals are valid for 12 months from the date of your visit one of our Sports Cardiologists. Other medical specialist referrals are valid for 3 months from the date of your first visit to one of our Sports Cardiologists.
What do I need to bring?
- ALL previous imaging (films and reports) relevant to your presenting condition
- Blood tests results
- ECG results
- Any referrals from your GP and other treating practitioners
- Comfortable clothes to change into should you need to be examined by your doctor
How long will the session take?
Initial consultations are generally 40 minutes in duration. Review consultations generally take 20 minutes, but these are at the discretion of your specialist.
Can I get a rebate?
All consultations are Medicare rebateable provided you have a valid GP or specialist medical referral. It is up to the patient to ensure their current referral is up to date.
Is this service covered by Private Health Insurance?
Consultations with our Sports Cardiologists are not eligible for rebates through your Private Health Insurance.