Cardiac Sciences Unit

The Cardiac Sciences Unit (CSU) within the Cardiac Investigations Unit provides cardiac clinical measurements services to diagnose and/or manage cardiac diseases.

Our services

  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)
  • Cardiac Device Implants and follow up (Pacemakers and Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators)
  • Echocardiography (Cardiac Ultrasound/Sonography)
  • Electrocardiography (ECG)
  • Electrophysiology and associated procedures
  • Exercise stress test (including Stress Echocardiography and Nuclear Medicine)
  • Haemodynamic Monitoring  during Cardiac Catheterisation and associated procedures
  • Holter Fitting and Analysis
  • Haemodynamic Monitoring
  • Outreach Services – Scientific support to the Indigenous Community Outreach Program
  • Scientific Services in the Heart and Lung Institute Outpatients Clinic
  • Tilt Table Tests
  • Trans-telephonic Pacemaker Clinics and Remote Pacemaker/ICD monitoring – including services to regional Queensland

Cardiac Sciences Unit also has a number of areas providing interrelated services, these include:

Echocardiography Laboratory

The Echocardiography Laboratory provides adult cardiac ultrasound services, including adult congenital heart disease. Investigations include:

Exercise Laboratory

The Exercise Laboratory provides both adult and adult congenital heart disease services. Investigations include:

Holter /ABPM / HAM/ ECG Department

The Holter, ABPM, HAM and ECG Department provides both adult and adult congenital heart disease services. Investigations include:

  • Holter Monitoring and Analysis
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)
  • Home Arrhythmia Monitor Application (HAM)
  • Outpatient Electrocardiography
  • Signal-Averaged Electrocardiography

Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) Clinic

The Pacemaker and ICD Clinic provides device follow up and monitoring including:

  • Pacemaker follow up clinics
  • Trans-telephonic pacemaker clinics from regional hospitals
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) follow up clinic
  • Implantable and external arrhythmia monitor (HAM and Loop recorder) follow-up
  • Follow-up from home of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED) via web-based systems.

How to access this service

To access this service, your GP or medical practitioner will need to send a referral letter to the hospital.

If there is a waiting list for your outpatient appointment, you will receive a confirmation letter and be advised on what to do next. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your outpatient appointment.

Refer your patient

To refer a patient for Exercise Stress Test (accelerated diagnostic pathway only) or Echocardiography:
Cardiology referral guideline

Referral hotline:
1300 364 938

After your hospital appointment

Your doctor may advise that you require a procedure. If this is the case you will be placed on a waiting list and may need to attend the Pre-admission or Anaesthetic Clinic before your procedure.

What to bring

Each time you visit us
  • Your Medicare card
  • Private health insurance card (if you have one)
  • Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
  • Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
  • Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
  • Glasses, hearing and mobility aids
  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
  • Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
  • Something to read or do while you wait
  • An adult carer to support you and take you home
  • Copy of Advanced Healthcare Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney (if you have one)
  • A jacket or cardigan in case you get cold

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Contact us

Cardiac Sciences Unit
Location: Cardiac Investigations Unit, Ground floor, Main Building, The Prince Charles Hospital
Phone: (07) 3139 4248

Refer a patient

To refer a patient to this service, view the Cardiology referral guideline.

GP and specialist referral hotline: 1300 364 938