Your doctor is able to refer you for cardiac monitoring to Western Diagnostic Pathology. You are able to attend one of our designated patient collection centres located throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory, where we are able to provide you and your doctor with timely, accurate and affordable cardiac lab diagnostics including ECGs, Holter Monitor Services and 24 Hour blood pressure monitoring. Your referring doctor will be sent your results of your testing generally within twenty four hours and less if urgent.
As part of its role as diagnostic partner with your treating doctor, Western Diagnostic Pathology provides patients with cardiac diagnostic services including:
These services are only available by referral to us by your treating doctor or specialist cardiologist. Western Diagnostic Pathology engages leading consultant cardiologists to report on all cardiac diagnostic tests and reports your results directly back to your treating doctor.
These services are provided by us at specific patient collection centres only. You will not require an appointment for ECG monitoring, however you will generally need to make an appointment for both Holter Monitoring and Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring, so please telephone your nearest cardiac service collection centre in advance.
You do NOT need to make an appointment for ECG monitoring, however we suggest you avoid the busiest morning time if you wish to avoid waiting times.
To find one of our designated cardiac care patient pathology collection centres offering the following services, please click below:
Please Note: If at any time you feel you are experiencing a heart attack, DO NOT wait to attend one of our collection centres - call 000 immediately.
Someone having a heart attack may experience any or all of the following:
• Uncomfortable pressure, fullness or squeezing pain in the centre of the chest lasting more than
a few minutes
• Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms
• Light-headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
Cardiac Laboratory services provided by Western Diagnostic Pathology:
12-lead ECG Trace and Reporting
Western Diagnostic Pathology provides an ECG trace and reporting service where the ECG is taken by one of our certified staff in one of our patient collection centres. The machine simultaneously acquires 10 seconds of ECG data in each of the 12 leads. The data is stored in the machine until it is transmitted electronically to Western Diagnostic Pathology for analysis. Once analyzed, the interpreted ECG is sent to the requesting doctor.
12-lead ECG Reporting Only Service
Western Diagnostic Pathology provides an ECG reporting-only service where the ECG trace is taken by your doctor in his or her surgery on in a hospital. The hardcopy output or trace of the ECG is couriered to Western Diagnostic Pathology (or one of its patient collection centres) for analysis. Once analyzed, the interpreted ECG is returned to the ordering doctor.
24-hour Holter monitoring
Holter monitoring is a basic, noninvasive tool used to evaluate and manage cardiac symptoms. The monitor continuously records the patient’s cardiac rhythm for 12 to 24 hours. The data is then sent to Western Diagnostic Pathology office, where it is analyzed. A report is typically returned to the ordering physician within 24 to 48 hours after the patient’s data is received by us.
24-hour blood pressure monitoring (ABPM)
This procedure is effective in helping physicians decide whether to start a patient on antihypertensive therapy. The monitor takes blood pressure readings once every 20 minutes during daytime hours and once an hour after the patient activates the sleep mode. Data is then transmitted to the Western Diagnostic Pathology office. Once received, the results are shortly delivered to your requesting doctor.
Western Diagnostic Pathology will with the appropriate referral form, bulk-bill all medicare eligible cardiology testing (i.e., no out of pocket payment).
Please note that ABPM is not covered by Medicare and will incur an out of pocket cost to the patient.