GP who overlooked husband's heart issue calls for vigilance

By Megan Pigram

EARLY intervention in cardiovascular health, including GP-ordered echocardiograms, is vital, says a Queensland GP who overlooked a problem in her husband.

Dr Desley Marshall runs a practice in St George in rural southwest Queensland. She says her husband Robert’s bradycardia and mitral incompetence, detected by Dr Rolf Gomes, a Brisbane cardiologist and founder last year of the Heart of Australia mobile cardiology clinic and testing facility, highlight the need for vigilance by GPs for signs of cardiovascular problems.

“[Robert] was quite tired and quite