The cardiology Department of Dar Al-Shifa Hospital has added yet another feather to its cap in the field of advanced cardiac treatment with the introduction of two new types of treatments; Pace-maker implantation and treatment of hypertension or high blood pressure by catheterization, announced Dr Ahmed Alaeddine, a Consultant Cardiologist at Dar Al-Shifa Hospital’s cardiology Department as he took the media on a familiarization tour of the new facilities Tuesday afternoon. Highlighting the latest achievement at the cardio department of the hospital, Dr Alaeddine, stated that the hospital is renowned for its expertise and specialization in cardiac care, thanks to advancement in medical technology and state-of-the-art medical facilities, an efficient team of doctors, surgeons and consultants who are considered the best in Kuwait, adopting the best practices in surgical procedures and emergency services. Highlighting the latest achievement, Dr Alaeddine said “We, as pace setters in the arena of cardiology and cardiac diseases, have introduced two new types of treatment which include Pace-Maker Implantation and Treatment of Hypertension or High Blood Pressure by Catheterization and inactivation of the renal nerve (Renal Devervation).”
Both of these initiatives, according to Dr. Alaeddine, have placed Dar Al-Shifa hospital high among the list of public and private hospitals offering highly advanced Artery and Angioplasty treatment in the country. The hospital’s capabilities in treating acute cardiac-related emergencies like acute cardiac attack in less than 45 minutes, makes it the go-to place in cases like strokes, stent implants as well as supportive devices. For his part, Cardio Consultant Dr Saad Al Kandary stated that Dar AlShifa hospital has placed great emphasis in keeping up to date with the latest innovations in medical technology as well as develop the skills of its medical team. He added that owing to this focused approach, the facility has achieved several successes in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and strokes, particularly arrhythmias, hypertension, primary angioplasty and other interventional procedures. Meanwhile, at the Angiography and Cardio catheterization Lab, Media personnel covered in disposable surgical outfit, were shown a procedure demonstrating how a blocked artery was dilated to restore free blood flow again in the patient. As media personnel were taken into the Angiography and cardio-catheterization Lab, the first port of call of the guided tour of the new facilities, Dr. Alaeddine stated that the hospital is the only place in the private sector in Kuwait where Primary Angioplasty- the treatment of acute cardio attack, is performed. “This is a situation where timing is so crucial, requiring chest-pain patients to immediately be rushed to the hospital where all barriers like ER, OPD paperwork and other time-wasting procedures” he says.
On arrival, the patient is given angiogram first and once the culprit artery is found, the wire and balloon are passed through to open the artery, fix a stent to restore the flow again in the artery. “This is the best way to treat an acute cardiac attack which is also known as Acute Myocardial Infarction”. The entire procedure from the balloon being inserted into the artery to the opening of the artery, should not exceed ninety minutes. According to Dr Alaeddine’s explana
tion, with all the logistics in place at the Dar Al-Shifa Cardio clinic, it takes not more than thirty five minutes to perform the procedure. The maximum extended period, he says, is sixty minutes. The consultant cardiologist also stated there are many factors at play in such situations which include patient awareness, how he feels the pain, his inclination to be in denial about the imminence or the existence of a heart attack and so forth. “Once you have a chest pain, don’t hesitate, be honest to yourself and come for the life-saving treatment after a careful diagnosis. The patient would normally stay in the hospital for 24-48 hours recovery and be released to go home.” On the other hand, a media person volunteered in the cardiography ward for a demonstrative non-evasive procedure to check on the overall health of his heart. The patient was laid in bed for the non-evasive diagnosis with various aspects of the heart including the muscles and valves showing on a monitor under the watchful eyes of cardio surgeons who are ready to catch a fault once spotted.