Al Noor Hospital – Airport Road campus recently expanded its Cardiology Department to include a 24-hour Heart Attack Center for emergency cardiac catheterization. The expansion also included the addition of 8 new beds, bringing the total to 20 beds, in addition, plans to add a second state-of-the-art cath lab suite is underway.
Dr. Kassem Alom, Deputy Chairman of Al Noor Hospitals Group said: “The expansion of the Cardiology Department falls in line with the Group’s strategy to offer exceptional healthcare services across a wide range of specialties, with cardiology care being no exception, given the widespread of heart diseases among the community”.
Dr. Alom added: “A dedicated team of medical professionals that specialize in emergency cardiac catheterization is now available round-the-clock at Al Noor Hospital Airport Road Campus to treat sudden heart attack cases using percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which is recognized internationally as the gold standard of care for acute heart attacks.
Dr. Taha Ibrahim, Senior Hospital Director, Airport Road and Khalifa Street Campuses said: “The expansion plans included the addition of 8 beds to the department, bringing the total to 20 beds. The increased number of beds opens up opportunities to perform additional cardiac catheterizations and open heart surgeries, which are performed by our skilled and international cardiac team at the hospital”.
Highlighting that cardiovascular diseases are very common in the region and are associated with risk factors, including obesity, tobacco consumption and the overall lifestyle, the Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology Consultants at Al Noor Hospital Airport Road Campus explained that heart attacks are the number one cause of death globally.
They emphasized the importance of the response time, which is very critical in saving a heart attack patient. Patients suffering from a heart attack must be treated promptly and within 90 minutes after making the diagnosis of a heart attack.
The experienced consultants will then perform the PCI and will open the blocked vessel in order to restore flow to the heart, and reduce the potential heart muscle damage.
International studies confirmed that primary PCI is the best method to treat a heart attack as it reduces mortality rates and improves long-term quality of life. There are 4 internationally trained Interventional Consultants performing cardiac catheterization, in addition to a number of cardiovascular surgeons at Al Noor Hospital – Airport Road Campus.
Earlier in the year, and as part of a pilot project, patients who suffered from a heart attack (aged 35 to 80 years) were treated with primary PCI at Al Noor Hospital Airport – Road Campus. Most of these cases occurred during the night time. The experts mentioned that the global recommendation to treat a heart attack should be within 90 minutes of hospital arrival and that most of the cases seen by the Al Noor Consultants were treated well within the standard time .
These new developments are part of the recent expansion of services including implantation of all kind of devices (pacemakers and defibrillators).
Essential to utilizing such expert services is the public’s response and access to life-saving therapies. The need to seek immediate help for suspected heart attacks is vital, and is part of an ongoing public awareness/education campaign by Al Noor Hospitals.