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Cardiology

Area of medical practice that treats people with heart conditions

Procedures:

Ablation of arrythmia

Surgery to remove a small area in the heart to stop abnormal rhythm.

Cardiac electrophysiological studies

A test to measure the electrical activity and electrical pathways of the heart. This is to work out why there are abnormal heart beats or rhythms and to decide on a suitable treatment.

Heart angiogram with or without heart catheterisation

A procedure, using an x-ray, where a doctor injects dye into the coronary arteries. The dye shows up on an x-ray screen.

Insertion, removal or replacement of permanent electrodes

A procedure to insert, remove or replace a pacemaker device and electrodes in the heart. This is to treat chronic heart failure.

Pacemaker

Surgery to insert, remove or replace a small device in the chest which helps to control heart rhythm (cardiac pacemaker).

Percutaneous coronary intervention

A procedure used to increase the flow of blood through a narrowed artery. It involves placing a long thin tube (catheter) into a blood vessel to place a small balloon at the site of the narrowing. When the balloon is inflated, the blood vessel should open and allow a healthy flow of blood.

Percutaneous coronary intervention with angiography

A procedure used to increase the flow of blood through a narrowed artery. It involves placing a long thin tube (catheter) into a blood vessel to place a small balloon at the site of the narrowing. When the balloon is inflated, the blood vessel should open and allow a healthy flow of blood.

Transluminal stent insertion

A procedure to insert one or more small tubes into blood vessels of the abdomen or a limb. This also includes using a balloon to open up the blocked blood vessel.

Ventricular ablation

Surgery to restore a regular heart rhythm when the heart is beating too quickly.

Services:

Diagnostic imaging services
MBS item 55118

A procedure using a specialised probe in the throat to take ultrasound images of the heart and blood flow (2 dimensional real time transoesophageal examination).

MBS item 55274

A procedure using ultrasound (duplex scanning) to look at and measure how blood moves through blood vessels of the face and neck region (extra cranial, bilateral carotid, vertebral, subclavian, innominate).

MBS item 57360

A CT scan (computed tomography) of blood vessels of the heart (coronary arteries).

MBS item 61109

A specialised X ray to look at moving body structures, like an X ray movie (fluoroscopy). Taken during surgery and in a specialised room (angiography suite).

MBS item 63395

A scan (MRI) to look at the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular system). This is done by a specialist in medical imaging (diagnostic radiology).

Diagnostic procedures and investigations
MBS item 11719

The remote testing of a pacemaker which has been implanted inside the body.

MBS item 11720

The testing of a pacemaker which has been implanted inside the body. This is done after a problem has been detected during monitoring.

MBS item 11721

The testing specific types of pacemakers (atrioventricular sequential, rate responsive or antitachycardia) which has been implanted inside the body.

MBS item 11724

A test to find the reason for fainting (syncope) which is thought to be related to the heart or lungs. The patient lies on a table that is then tilted at different angles.

MBS item 11725

The remote monitoring of a device implanted in the body which uses an electric current to change the heart rate (defibrillator).

MBS item 11726

The testing of a device implanted in the body which uses an electric current to change the heart rate (defibrillator). This is done after a problem has been detected.

MBS item 11727

The testing of a device implanted in the body which uses an electric current to change the heart rate (defibrillator). This is done after a problem has been detected.

MBS item 11728

A procedure to collect information about possible irregular heart beats (atrial fibrillation) from an implanted device.

Professional attendances
Follow-up appointment for complex disorder

A follow-up appointment with a consultant physician to review ongoing care for a complex disorder. The appointment is 20 minutes or longer.

Follow-up consultant physician appointment

A follow-up appointment with a consultant physician. The consultant physician will look at a specific condition and/or provide a course of treatment. The appointment is at their rooms.

Initial appointment for complex disorder

The first appointment with a consultant physician to assess and plan care for a complex disorder. The appointment is 45 minutes or longer.

Initial consultant physician appointment

The first appointment with a consultant physician. The consultant physician will look at a specific condition and/or provide a course of treatment. The appointment is at their rooms.

MBS item 00119

A follow up appointment (minor) with a specialist at their rooms, in-hospital or a nursing home. This item does not include the specialty of psychiatry.

MBS item 00825

A specialist attends a meeting with at least 2 other care providers. They all provide different types of care. The meeting is between 15 and 30 minutes.

MBS item 06081

A specialist coordinates a meeting about a procedure to replace a valve in the heart (TAVI). The meeting is 10 minutes or longer.

MBS item 91824

The first appointment with a consultant physician for a specific condition and/or course of treatment (who is not a psychiatrist). The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91825

A follow up appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist). The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91834

The first appointment with a consultant physician for a specific condition and/or course of treatment (who is not a psychiatrist). The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91835

A follow up appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist). The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes.

MBS item 91836

A follow up appointment (minor) with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist). The appointment is by telehealth and is longer than 5 minutes

MBS item 92422

The first appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist) using telehealth. This is to assess a patient with at least two long-term health conditions. The appointment is 45 minutes or longer.

MBS item 92423

An appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist) using telehealth. This is to follow up on a patient with at least two long-term health conditions. The appointment is 20 minutes or longer.

MBS item 92431

The first appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist) using a telehealth. This is to assess a patient with at least two long-term health conditions. The appointment is 45 minutes or longer.

MBS item 92432

An appointment with a consultant physician (who is not a psychiatrist) using a telehealth. This is to follow up a patient with at least two long-term health conditions. The appointment is 20 minutes or longer.

Therapeutic procedures
MBS item 38200

A procedure to insert a thin tube (catheter) into the heart from a blood vessel in the groin, arm or neck. Tests will be completed to measure heart (cardiac) outputs and exercise levels (exercise stress test).

MBS item 38206

A procedure to insert a thin tube (catheter) into the heart to help with a specialised X ray (fluoroscopy) or tests to measure heart health (dye dilution, oximetry, exercise stress test).

MBS item 38241

Use of a device (coronary pressure wire) to test blood flow in coronary arteries.

MBS item 38272

Surgery to repair a hole in the wall between two heart chambers (atrial septa). The repair is done using a mesh like device (septal occluder).