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December 2018

A Gold Coast Private cardiologist has made a potentially life saving breakthrough in stroke prevention.

Associate Professor Ross Sharpe and sonographer, Assistant Professor Dan Traves, are the first in Australia to use contrast Trans Cranial Doppler Ultrasound (cTCD) to test if a patient has a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO).

"cTCD is a better, cheaper, safer and quicker test to detect a PFO than the current standard procedure," said Dr Sharpe.

FROM COAST TO COUNTRY: Cardiologists Offers Critical Care to Rural Patients

June 2018

The journey from the Gold Coast to Moree takes more than 12 hours return by road, but for cardiologist Ross Sharpe the mercy trip is literally a flying visit.


The Gold Coast Private surgeon, who is also a pilot, captains his own light aircraft to the remote New South Wales town every month to provide lifesaving treatment to the rural community.


Since he began almost three years ago, Dr Sharpe and his cardiac technician, Matthew Morall, have voluntarily assessed around 1,300 patients, some of which have travelled up to six hours to visit the facility, from as far as Lightning Ridge and communities west of Goondiwindi. 

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Andre Claydon with Assoc Prof Ross Sharp

Elite Athlete Warns - Fitness Can Mask Health Issues

June 2019

Elite cyclist Andre Clayden is warning high level athletes not to dismiss fatigue, aches and pains after he suffered a stroke which led to the discovery of a congential heart defect and a life-changing operation.


Mr Clayden, who is also internationally renowned for his work as an astronomer, said after years of winning medals at national and state  titles in mountain biking, road cycling and cyclocross as well as   excelling at deep water diving, he noticed he was 'slowing down' and began suffering headaches and even blackouts.


Mr Clayden said he had attributed his fatigue to ageing, until his stroke in April 2018 revealed he had a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) - a hole in the heart which allows small blood clots to bypass the lungs and enter the brain.

FROM COAST TO COUNTRY: Cardiologists Offers Critical Care to Rural Patients

June 2018

The journey from the Gold Coast to Moree takes more than 12 hours return by road, but for cardiologist Ross Sharpe the mercy trip is literally a flying visit.


The Gold Coast Private surgeon, who is also a pilot, captains his own light aircraft to the remote New South Wales town every month to provide lifesaving treatment to the rural community.


Since he began almost three years ago, Dr Sharpe and his cardiac technician, Matthew Morall, have voluntarily assessed around 1,300 patients, some of which have travelled up to six hours to visit the facility, from as far as Lightning Ridge and communities west of Goondiwindi. 

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