Hurstville Private Hospital has become the first site in the world to offer a new technology for cardiac procedures used to treat people with heart rhythm disorders, known as arrhythmia.
The Cartonet Complete System enables specialised cardiologists, or cardiac electrophysiologists, to diagnose, monitor and deliver therapy to the human heart.
Hurstville Private Hospital-based cardiac electrophysiologist Dr Calvin Hsieh said the new technology was an "exciting prospect for Hurstville Private Hospital's cardiology expertise"as it would accelerate workflow, increase safety and increase the success rate of arrhythmia procedures for patients.
"Cartonet Complete gives us the ability to provide the most cutting-edge care for our arrhythmia patients," Dr Hsieh said.
Hurstville Private Hospital was also the first site in Australia to use a special guiding sheath for catheter ablation, which reduced the use of fluoroscopy, thus minimising exposure to radiation for both theatre staff and patients. Dr Hsieh implanted the first leadless MICRA pacemaker at Hurstville Private Hospital in 2018. The device is 98 per cent smaller than conventional pacemakers and does not require leads or wires.
The hospital has become a training centre for international cardiologists.
Dr Hsieh said the introduction of this latest technology would see Hurstville Private Hospital continue to be at the forefront of tackling complex heart problems.
"With the technology in these systems, complex arrhythmia treatments that were previously impossible or time consuming are now possible,'' he said.
Arrhythmia is a fault in the heart's electrical system and can cause death.