MOVING IN: Dr Andrew McCann, Dr Johannes Moolman and Dr Bennett Franjic have opened a new Ipswich Cardiac Centre at Thorn Street.
MOVING IN: Dr Andrew McCann, Dr Johannes Moolman and Dr Bennett Franjic have opened a new Ipswich Cardiac Centre at Thorn Street. Rob Williams

Centre offers patients with heart issues a total service

A GROUP of five cardiologists have set up Ipswich's first full-time cardiac centre in the growing Thorn St medical precinct.

The $2.5 million purpose-built Ipswich Cardiac Centre at 33 Thorn St, was officially opened yesterday.

Patients who previously had to travel to Brisbane for treatment can now find the full spectrum of cardiology outpatient services in the one centre.

Founding partner Andrew McCann said Ipswich had been under-resourced in the number of cardiologists required per capita.

"You've got a population with a fairly high burden of cardio-vascular disease in Ipswich," Dr McCann said.

"As a centre fairly close to Brisbane it was fair to say prior to us coming here full-time, it was relatively underserviced in its cardiac needs."

The centre is the first to offer a full complement of cardiac services with interventional and general cardiologists, imaging and electrophysiologists.

"Amongst our group we can sort out the problem inhouse and provide a total solution," Dr McCann said.

"Patients don't have to go down to Brisbane to get their pacemaker or their coronary stenting procedure.

"We have the depth of sub-specialisation within our practice that the patients can get their complete care with us.

"For many cardiac problems that a patient will suffer, if they are privately insured, they can stay in Ipswich."

Dr McCann said cardio vascular disease was a growing concern in Ipswich.

"Cardio vascular disease is the biggest killer in the western world and Ipswich is no exception," he said.

"We have an ageing demographic, increasing incidence of obesity and all of the cardio-vascular disease that comes with it.

"There is a high burden of it and the problem is certainly not going away. We are seeing a lot of people young and old that are presenting with premature coronary disease and then having heart attacks. It is a very big problem."

According to the Heart Foundation, 23% of Ipswich residents have cardiovascular disease.

The Heart Foundation's latest study on obesity found almost 40% of people living in the region are obese and that the city has the fourth highest rate of physical inactivity in the country.



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