Al Hayat International Hospital’s cath lab treats coronary artery disease – Oman

The cardiac catheter laboratory of the hospital with the help of innovative technology provides life-saving treatments of growing coronary artery disease (CAD).

In recent times, Al Hayat International Hospital has received alarming cases of CAD. Dr Mohammad Tarek al Dairi, cardiologist, 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), an invasive, non-surgical imaging procedure for the diagnosis and treatment of CAD.”

He 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).

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 rhythm 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 Dr…

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