Cardiology Services

Cardiology is the specialty that deals with the heart and its surrounding blood vessels. The Bay of Plenty DHB's cardiology service is based at Tauranga Hospital and holds outpatient clinics at Whakatāne Hospital.

The Service diagnoses and treats diseases of heart and the circulatory system.  This includes the heart arteries (angina, heart attack), the electrical system (abnormal heart rhythm, pacemaker), the heart muscle (heart failure) and valves.  

Conditions Seen by this Service

Common conditions include - heart attack, angina, heart failure, palpitation and abnormal heart rhythms, valve disorders, congenital heart disease.

Diagnostics available at Tauranga Hospital include electrocardiograph (ECG), echocardiography, exercise treadmill testing, Holter monitoring, diagnostic angiography, transoesophageal echocardiograms.

The service also implants and follow's up Pacemakers and ICD's ('shock box') for abnormal heart rhythm.

Angioplasty or stenting procedure (PCI) was introduced to Tauranga Hospital last April, after previously only being available outside of the Bay of Plenty.  On January 31st a milestone was reached as the 100th PCI was performed at the hospital.  PCI is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat narrowed coronary arteries of the heart found in heart disease. All cardiac surgery is normally performed at Waikato Hospital. 

Useful Information

The New Zealand Heart Foundation website provides useful information including an online tool that measures your heart age forecast





Last updated: January 31, 2017