Sydney Cardiologist

Imaging, Prevention, Sports

Macquarie University , Sydney CBD and Blacktown

Sydney Cardiologist - Dr Jason Kaplan

Patients

Please bring to your initial consultation:

  • Referral letter
  • Any recent (last 6 months to year) Results - CT / Xray & Pathology etc.
  • Hospital discharge summaries or Procedure Reports.
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Patients will need to bring gym / comfortable clothing to wear on the treadmill.
Patients need to inform reception staff when booking appointment of any of the above results.

What you can expect at an initial consultation with Dr Kaplan


Dr Kaplan will start by having a consultation with you for around 10-15 minutes

He will then (in most cases) have you perform a stress test. The test will be supervised by two Cardiac Scientists who will monitor your heart rate/rhythm and blood pressure during progressive levels of exercise.

After the exercise you will be monitored while your heart rate returns to rest. You can then dress and see Dr Kaplan for the results. The test will take approximately 1 hour.

After your testing is complete Dr Kaplan will review the results and sit down with you to discuss these results and talk about future management.

The appointment usually takes around an hour and a half.

Price


Price differs per clinic so reception staff will inform you of costs when you call through to book a consultation.

Cardiac Stress Test


Small sticky pads called electrodes are attached to the chest to record the ECG. The electrodes need to have good contact with the skin to record the electrical impulses from the heart. Men with hairy chests will be shaved in spots where the electrodes will be placed.

With the electrodes and leads attached to your chest you will then be required to walk on the treadmill. This can be tricky at first but the speed is very slow for the first 3 minutes to give you time to get used to it. Every 3 minutes the treadmill will get slightly faster and steeper. If you are fit you may get to the stage where you will have to run.

During exercise it is important that you tell the staff if you feel any symptoms. The test will end when you have gone as long as you can, ideally when your heart rate has increased and you are feeling puffed.

Videos

Heart Health with Dr Jason Kaplan
Discussing how dietary and lifestyle measures have a far greater result in reducing risk of cardiovascular events than drugs and that optimism is just as powerful as any other factor for longevity.
The Functionality of Cholesterol with Dr Jason Kaplan
In this podcast interview Dr Kaplan explains the need to take into account the whole patient. He identifies the key drivers of cardiovascular disease as being inflammation, lifestyle factors and poor dietary choices and discusses the approach he adopts to make the necessary changes in his patients to make a real difference.
Hypertension in Primary Care with Dr Jason Kaplan
MiCare Online tutorial presented with General Practitioner, Dr Kevin Wong.
Low Cholesterol Diets with Dr Jason Kaplan
Healthed video: Should coconut be restricted in people on low cholesterol diets? Should eggs be restricted in people on low cholesterol diets?

Articles


  • Five Health Tests for Men Over 40 - Fairfax Media
    by Jane Southward

    If you are a male over 45, or have a family history of heart disease plus risk factors such as being overweight or having high blood pressure, cardiologist Jason Kaplan advises a CT scan to check the plaque, cholesterol and scar tissue in the arteries around your heart.

    "Calcium scoring is the number one best predictor of a future heart attack," Dr Kaplan says.

    Read full article here -


  • Good cardiac health – without the drugs - The Medical Republic
    by Dr Jason Kaplan, 9 Feb 2017

    Lifestyle management centred around a healthy diet and exercise remains the most important factor in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

    There is no short cut to cardiovascular health and longevity. Despite patients’ interest in the paleo diet, 5:2 diet, that next super supplement, the effect of goji berries, coconut water or whatever else they find on the internet, we know that in reality, there is no easy or quick-fi x solution. Instead, we need to focus on what patients can easily incorporate into their daily lives to maximise their cardiovascular health and ultimately, to live longer.

    Download the full article - PDF

Presentations


  • Lifestyle Prevention of Cardiac Disease - Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
    by Dr Jason Kaplan, July 2017

    Lifestyle Prevention of Cardiac Disease - Translating the evidence into daily life

    Download presentation notes - PDF

Useful Links


  • Mayo Clinic: Patient Care and Health Information  

    The Mayo Clinic is a highly regarded large medical group based in Rochester, Minnesota. The group publishes specialist approved patient educational material that is used world-wide.

  • Cleveland Clinic: Health Information  

    The Cleveland Clinic is recognised as one of the top medical centres in the US and the world, particularly in technological and management systems and in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

  • Heart Foundation  

    The National Heart Foundation of Australia was established in 1958 with the aim of reduce suffering and death from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease in Australia. Part of this is achieved through developing health promotion activities, informing and educating the public.