Key­hole surg­eries make a huge dif­fer­ence

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Staff reporter

dubai — Ma­jor ad­vances in heart dis­ease treat­ment have made a rev­o­lu­tion­ary im­pact in the lives of pa­tients, said Dr Al­bert E Alah­mar, con­sul­tant in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­o­gist at Dr Su­laiman Al Habib Hos­pi­tal, Dubai.

The ad­vance­ment in the area of per­cu­ta­neous in­ter­ven­tion holds an im­por­tant role in this and has changed tra­di­tional open heart surgery meth­ods, he said.

Dr Al­bert E Alah­mar said struc­tural heart dis­ease is quite com­mon and can af­fect all ages. “Tra­di­tion­ally, most of th­ese ab­nor­mal­i­ties are treated with open heart surgery. How­ever, over the last decade, new treat­ment op­tions have evolved and can be de­liv­ered through a key­hole and rel­a­tively small tubes,” he said.

He said that the heart team and op­er­a­tors’ ex­per­tise are key part of the treat­ment process to guar­an­tee all pro­ce­dures are per­formed with high qual­ity and safety.

Ma­jor treat­ments can be of­fered through a key­hole in the artery/ vein in the groin or the wrist and un­der lo­cal anaes­thet­ics. Th­ese in­clude: Un­block­ing the coro­nary ar­ter­ies and de­ploy­ing stents in pa­tients with angina or acute heart at­tack, clos­ing holes in the heart (ASD/VSD) with spe­cial de­vices, re­plac­ing the nar­rowed or in­com­pe­tent aor­tic valve (TAVI) and iplant­ing de­vices in a small cham­ber of the heart (left atrial ap­pendage) with ir­reg­u­lar heart rhythm (atrial fib­ri­la­tion) for life.

as­maal­izain@khalee­j­times.com

Sup­plied photo

Dr Al­bert E Alah­mar dur­ing a surgery. —

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