Specialist cardiac services now in Central Queensland
DR ALEXANDER Incani is here to mend the broken hearts of Central Queensland.
The interventional cardiologist had his first day at CQ Cardiac yesterday as part of a new specialist service provided at the clinic.
Dr Incani and his colleagues from Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane will visit Rockhampton each fortnight to see patients who need their care.
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The Morning Bulletin reported on Saturday that the majority of hospitalisations throughout Rockhampton in 2014 were due to chest pain, and 21.2% of Central Queenslanders had cardiovascular disease.
Dr Incani hopes the new service will mean patients in regional areas will benefit from the increased access to specialist care.
"Sometimes access to care may be an issue... these patients are often long-term cardiac patients with us in Brisbane, and it's far easier that we come up here and see a whole bunch in a day than for each of them individually to fly down.
"I think it makes the process more efficient for everyone.
"It also provides a nice link and continuity of care. Cardiac disease is often a chronic problem, we rarely just cure something. It's nice to have that long-term follow up."
Dr Incani said he knew there was a need for a specialist cardiac care in the region after noticing many of his patients in Brisbane were from the area.
"Before this existed, there was only one cardiac service here. There's a real limitation of access and we can help with that," he said.
"Here, you're a little bit isolated... it won't be a problem anymore if people know we are here and use us."
After seeing just four patients yesterday, Dr Incani hopes his patient list will grow as people learn he is available in Rockhampton.
"We would like to hear from GPs referring to us, or other cardiologists or general physicians referring me work to deal with patients and then I can then be the same person looking after those patients in Brisbane," he said.