Dr Reza Moazzeni
Consultant Cardiologist MD, FRACP
I am a Cardiologist consulting at Westmead. I see a wide variety of patients with many different complaints. During my training and practice years, I have gained extensive experience managing heart failure and cardiac valvular disease, Pulmonary Hypertension, complicated cases of dyspnea (breathlessness), and Coronary Artery Disease (Heart Attack).
My main areas of interest are imaging and preventive cardiology. As an imaging cardiologist, I am heavily involved with Echocardiogram (Transthoracic and Transesophageal), Stress echocardiogram and CT coronary angiogram (CTCA). These investigations are an integral part of modern cardiology practice. If done correctly and interpreted meticulously, along with physical exam and history, they can elucidate the cause of the patients’ complaints.
Preventive Cardiology is undoubtedly an area that I am heavily involved with. Various heart diseases can be prevented by controlling risk factors and lifestyle modifications, including exercise and healthy diet.
As a preventive cardiologist, I engage with my patients to change their lifestyles, mainly to prevent strokes and heart attacks. I guide them to explore various lifestyle changes and medications to reduce cardiovascular disease risk.
The two integral parts of my consults revolve around patient discussion and education. People need to know what a diagnosis means, how a medication may help, and why specific lifestyle changes can improve life quality. They need to make meaningful contributions to their own healthy lifestyle—which can be a challenging task. I try to provide them with the resources and information to achieve that.
I am a visiting Cardiologist at Westmead Private and Sydney Adventist Hospitals and consult in English and Persian (Farsi). I enjoy teaching and creating educational materials for general public and care providers in easy and understandable language, mainly on my Blog.
Stress test (usually walking on Treadmill) combined with echocardiogram (echo) to assess and screen for a wide range of complaints including chest pain, shortness of breath and arrhythmias. I supervise every single stress echocardiogram as it provides crucial information about patients symptoms and complaints. If any further tests are required, I will arrange them.
In my opinion, the most valuable service a clinician can offer is their “clinical ability” and judgment. Numerous tests and interventions could be listed here. Still, the communication between the doctor and patient is at the core of a clinical visit. After the consultation and physical exam, few tests are at the centre of the cardiac diagnosis. These include ECG, Echocardiogram and stress echocardiogram.
Echocardiogram has been at the core of Cardiology for over 40 years. It’s a simple ultrasound of the heart which provides valuable information about cardiac function and structure. Such diagnoses as heart failure, heart valve disease, congenital heart disease and many more could be easily diagnosed with an echocardiogram.