Dr Trim getting into the rhythm of things
AFTER performing his 100th cardiac ablation just last month, it's fair to say that cardiologist Dr Geoffrey Trim has settled into his role at John Flynn Hospital in Tugun.
"That is a milestone because it is a new service on the Gold Coast, up until now patients have had to travel to Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to have this kind of procedure," Dr Trim said.
Dr Trim has been working at the hospital for about a year after returning from Canada where he spent two years in specialised training to treat heart conditions known as arrythmias which in layperson's terms is a 'heart rhythm disturbance'.
"What I'm doing here is pretty much putting what I learnt in Canada into prac- tice," Dr Trim said.
Dr Trim concentrates on general cardiology and arrhythmias and has now performed more than 100 ablations at John Flynn alone.
An ablation is a correction in the rhythm of the heart, using catheters fed through the vein to find the "short circuit" and fix it.
In the past, this wasn't possible and medication was the only way of treating arrhythmias and heart palpitations but now cutting-edge technology at John Flynn has allowed for the short ablation procedure to be performed as well as the newly developed cryoablation procedure.
"When we find an arrhythmia, there are two ways by which we can zap it.
"Either with heat energy where we give it a little burn or we can freeze it," Dr Trim said.
"Freezing technique has advantages in some cases as it's safer and it's quite painless and that is cryoablation."
Equipment used during the cryoablation procedure is only available at the Tugun John Flynn hospital in Queensland and there are only five or six other facilities in the whole of Australia
Dr Trim said the cryoablation facilities are assisting the cardiology unit in achieving his goal of setting up a state of the art arrhythmia and electro-physiology service at the hospital.
"My goal is to set up a top notch, cutting-edge service here on the Gold Coast," he said.
"I think we have gone a long way to achieving that."