What is cardiology?
Cardiology is the study of the heart, it is a branch of internal medicine that deals with diseases of the heart, the blood vessels near the heart and the blood circulation. A cardiologist is a specialist in internal medicine who has specialized in the treatment of heart disease through additional training. A cardiologist examines the development of cardiovascular diseases and specializes in curing them. These include diseases such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart attack, heart failure (heart failure) and cardiac arrhythmias.
What is a cardiologist?
Cardiology is a branch of internal medicine as an independent subject. A cardiologist specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the cardiovascular system. This specialist area is to be distinguished from the sub-area of cardiac surgery. A cardiologist is not the same as a heart surgeon. This opens the chest and performs heart surgery. The cardiologist, on the other hand, examines and diagnoses cardiovascular diseases and performs interventions such as cardiac catheterization or the insertion of a pacemaker.
What does a cardiologist do?
Cardiologists study, diagnose and treat diseases of the cardiovascular system. They are similar to other doctors in that they have to assess their patients, examine their medical history, and develop a treatment plan. You must also be able to answer patient questions in the cardiology department and communicate with the patient’s family during treatment. As part of the family history, heart attacks, strokes and sudden cardiac deaths are recorded and with regard to the presence of a heart disease, questions are asked about lifestyle (physical activity, alcohol and tobacco consumption, etc.) and the associated risk factors. Many of her professional responsibilities are specifically focused on treating the heart.
If you find yourself to be in a situation where finding the best Perth cardiologist gets difficult, then we are here to help you out with this. Below is a list of the top Cardiologist Perth. To help you find the best Cardiologist Perth WA located near to you, we put together our own top cardiologist in perth list based on patient reviews.
This article is updated every 1-2 months.
⇒ Dr Imran Sheikh
Dr Imran Sheikh is a Consultant Cardiologist with expertise in Interventional Cardiology and Heart Failure. He completed Basic Physician training in UK and Australia (Royal Perth Hospital) and also Advanced Cardiology training from Royal Perth Hospital. Imran completed a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at Vancouver General Hospital (Canada), Liverpool Hospital (Sydney) and Fiona Stanley Hospital (Perth). He also completed a Fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplant while at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
- management of acute coronary syndrome
- evaluation of chest pain syndromes
- cardiovascular risk assessment and management
⇒ Dr Gerald Yong
Dr Gerald Yong is an interventional cardiologist who has an interest in structural heart and obstructive coronary conditions, as well as general cardiology patients. He is a leading expert in the latest advances in minimally invasive treatment of heart valves or structural diseases (instead of open heart surgery). These include valvuloplasties, and closure of various defects in the heart (ASD, VSD, PDA) and closure of leaks around prosthetic heart valves. He also has special interest in complex coronary interventions including bifurcation stenting and chronic total occlusions.
- structural heart and obstructive coronary conditions
- general cardiology patients
⇒ Dr Xiao-Fang Xu
Dr Xiao-Fang Xu is a Cardiologist in private practice at SJOG Murdoch. She was formerly the Director of Coronary Care at Fremantle Hospital and Head of Echocardiology at Royal Perth Hospital. Xiao-Fang holds a Ph.D. in Cardiology. She practiced for three years as an Advanced Cardiology Fellow in Echocardiology and Clinical Cardiology at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation (USA).
- general cardiology, valvular diseases
- transthoracic/ transoesophageal/stress echocardiography
- coronary angiography and pacing
⇒ Dr Sharad Shetty
Dr Sharad Shetty is an Indian Cardiologist/Heart Specialist in Perth Specialising in Diagnosis And Treatment Of Congenital Heart Defects. Dr Sharad Shetty is an expert in general cardiology, chest pain and coronary artery disease. He is an interventional cardiologist whose key interests include coronary angioplasty/stenting, renal denervation, renal artery stenting and valvuloplasty.
- Chest Pain, Coronary Angiography, Coronary Artery Disease
- Coronary Stenting, Lower Limb Intervention, PFO Closure, Renal Stenting
Phone: 08 6314 6809
⇒ Professor Rukshen Weerasooriya
Professor Rukshen Weerasooriya has developed a team-based approach to deal with the complexity and potential risks of managing patients with heart rhythm problems. The team includes dedicated electrophysiology technicians, physician assistants, specific cardiac cath lab nurses, a subspecialised nurse and a team of anaesthetists who all have high volume expertise in arrhythmia procedures. Each member of the team is highly trained and experienced.
- Atrial fibrillation and AF ablation procedures
- Cardiac electrophysiology, Pacing and implanted defibrillator
- Bi-ventricular pacing, Cardiac resynchronisation pacing
⇒ Professor David Playford
Professor David Playford did his initial training in General Medicine followed by Cardiology at Royal Perth Hospital, and then his Doctor of Philosophy research. After a fellowship at Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital, he returned to Perth to work as a Clinical Cardiologist. In 2002 he started a private cardiology group, where he earned a significant reputation in echocardiography and in the care of difficult and complex cardiac patients.
- General cardiology, cardiac risk assessment
- breathlessness and pulmonary hypertension
- heart failure and valvular heart disease
⇒ A/Prof Chris Judkins
A/Prof Chris Judkins is a local UWA graduate (MBBS) who trained in Cardiology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (FRACP). Post graduate training in Interventional Cardiology was performed at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Chris is an Interventional Cardiologist with interests in radial (wrist) access for coronary angiography and stent implantation, intravascular ultrasound, optical coherence tomography, and the use of Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) to guide appropriate stent implantation.
- radial (wrist) access for coronary angiography and stent implantation
- intravascular ultrasound, optical coherence tomography
- dyslipidemia and lifestyle intervention to decrease cardiovascular risk
⇒ Dr Darshan Kothari
Dr Darshan Kothari is an established Paediatric & Fetal Cardiologist in Perth consulting at various locations for Perth Paediatrics including West Leederville, Murdoch, Midland and Joondalup. He holds public appointments at Perth Children’s Hospital for Children and is the Director of Fetal Cardiology at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco. Dr Kothari trained in many renowned hospitals including The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland and K.K Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore. Dr Kothari is highly experienced paediatric cardiologist perth.
- congenital and acquired heart disease in children of all ages
- children with heart murmurs, chest pains, palpitations and syncope
⇒ Dr Mark Hands
Dr Mark Hands cardiologist perth – is a clinical associate professor at the University of Western Australia and an interventional cardiologist. He is the Chairman of Western Cardiology. Dr Hands graduated with honours in 1979 from the University of Western Australia and was awarded the AMA Gold Prize (dux in final year medicine).
- Coronary angiography, angioplasty
- stenting in stable angina, acute myocardial infarction, Cardiac pacing
- Percutaneous closure of atrial septal defects and patent foramen ovale
⇒ Dr Vincent Paul
Dr Vincent Paul cardiologist perth – is a specialist in the management of arrhythmias and has extensive experience of catheter ablation, pacemaker implantation, novel methods of CRT and ICD therapy. He is clinical lead for pacing and electrophysiology at Fiona Stanley Hospital. Vince trained in the UK and was a consultant in London teaching hospitals before being invited to Perth in 2008. He has pioneered the introduction of newer options for AF ablation, pacemaker implantation and lead removal.
- Management of Arrhythmias and Pacemakers/Defibrillators
- Pacing and Electrophysiology
Phone: 9480 3060