The new cardiac catheter laboratory of the Al Hayat Hospital with the help of innovative technology provides life-saving treatments of growing Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).
Our cardiology department is staffed by 2 interventional cardiologists Dr Mohammed Deeb and Dr. Abdulla Riyami, 3 non-invasive cardiologists, 1 electrophysiology cardiologist and 1 pediatric cardiologist. The department is headed by our chairman Dr K P Raman who has 40 years of experience in UK, USA, India and Oman.
In recent times, Al Hayat International Hospital has received alarming cases of CAD. Dr Mohammad Tarek al Dairi, and Dr Sathish, cardiologists, at Al Hayat International Hospital, said, “More than 60 per cent of the cases received by the cardiology department are diagnosed with CAD.
“To treat the cases of CAD, we perform cardiac catheterisation (coronary angiogram and angioplasty), an invasive, non-surgical imaging procedure for the diagnosis and treatment of CAD.”
They added, “During the procedure, a balloon is inserted into a blood vessel in your groin or arm. Using non-surgical imaging as a guide, the tip of the catheter is passed up to the heart and into the coronary arteries; a dye is injected and pictures are taken. Coronary angiography helps diagnose blocks in heart arteries, which cause angina (chest pain caused by restricted blood supply to the heart).”
Coronary angiography is touted to be the best method of diagnosing coronary heart disease (where a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries affects the heart’s blood supply). And coronary angioplasty (PCI) is the best treatment for acute heart attack.
At Al Hayat International Hospital, we also use a non-invasive method using 64-Slice CT scan to diagnose blocks in heart arteries.
Thrombolytic therapy (clot dissolving drugs) is also delivered to patients with blood clots blocking major arteries and causing a heart attack. This therapy is conducted at the CCU of the hospital.
There have been many admissions for thrombolytic therapy (reperfusion) to restore blood flow, either through or around blocked arteries, typically after a heart attack (myocardial infarction).
“We also treat cases with low heart rate and abnormal rhythm with the help of devices such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), which is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that kick-starts the heart in a cardiac arrest,” said the electrophysiology cardiologist Dr. Ghalia, who has experience of more than 10 years as an electrophysiologist in Italy.