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Help to make hearts on the Peninsula grow stronger

Help hearts on the Peninsula

The Peninsula Health Heart Service provides a state of the art facility designed to provide world class care for cardiovascular problems for people in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula. Treatment uses the latest equipment and models of care and is here to benefit all patients admitted with cardiac disease.

Patient monitoring and early detection is the key, to identifying a silent killer

The facts are frightening, cardiovascular disease is now one of the biggest issues facing our health service – killing one Australian every 12 minutes and remains the leading cause of death and disability on the Mornington Peninsula.

With a rapidly aging population are seeing an increase in the number of patients in urgent need to access our Holter Monitoring program for patients with life-threatening heart issues.

A Holter monitor is about the size of a mobile phone and is worn by the patient to monitor their heart rhythm over a period of 24 hours, or for even longer periods of up to seven days.

One such patient to have benefited from early detection of a Holter Monitor is 72 year-old Maria.

Maria says, ‘I was referred to Peninsula Health Heart Service by my GP after having several bouts of dizziness and shortness of breath. The initial tests suggested that everything was fine. But because some issues are difficult to detect during a short examination it was recommended I have a longer Holter Monitor test.’

Peninsula Health Cardiologist, Geoff Toogood, said, ‘A major benefit of the Holter Monitor is that it is non-invasive, meaning the patient can be monitored whilst they are at home and going about their daily routine. Over that time, the monitor may be able to detect heart issues that don’t occur during a standard electrocardiogram (ECG) examination.’

Without early monitoring and treatment many patients will face ongoing issues with their quality of life and life expectancy.

However, there is a problem – there aren’t enough Holter Monitors available to meet demand.

Please support our Heart Appeal by making a gift today and help to bring, the best of care, close to home.