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Cardiovascular Service

The Cardiovascular Service is committed to providing high-quality patient services, delivered efficiently, for the investigation and treatment of cardiac, cardiac thoracic and vascular diseases and disorders.

The Cardiovascular Service comprises the following areas: The Cardiology Unit, Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit and Vascular Surgery Unit.

Cardiology Department

The Cardiology Unit and Cardiovascular Investigational Unit is led by Dr Leo Mahar. The Coronary Unit is involved in trials associated with thrombolysis.

The Department of Cardiology is involved with the trials being undertaken at the SA Health Commission as part of the Health Plus program. The trial is aimed at looking at ways of more effectively treating people with chronic cardiac conditions, particularly chronic congestive cardiac failure and intractable angina. The trial started in July 1997.

Heart Failure Transplant Clinic

The Cardian Transplant Assessment and Management Unit provides high-quality care and closer liaison with transplant surgeons, particularly at the St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney. The unit is headed by Dr De Angelis.


Active programs include both basic and clinical research in cardiology. The basic research was an extension of earlier studies directed at understanding the metablosim of high-density lipoproteins (HDL), tha plasma fraction in blood that protects against coronary heart disease.

The main clinical research of the Cardiovascular Service has been its contribution to a range of multi-centre clinical trials. These trials have included assessing thrombolytic therapy in and after acute myocardial infarction and assessing the effects of pravastin in patients with pre-existing coronary artery disease.

Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit

The unit has an established relationship with the Wakefield Hospital, with a combined total of 938 open-heart procedures being performed during the year.

In January 1997, the Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit reached a milestone in Australian open-heart surgery. Mrs E Anesbury was the 25,000th patient to undergo this procedure at the unit. The unit is one of the largest of its type in Australia and the major centre for open-heart surgery in South Australia. The unit also treats patients from the Northern Territory, and South East Asia, particularly Indonesia, patients are referred through AUShealth Services.

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