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Cardiac Center

Overview

Dallah Hospital is committed to promoting excellence in medical services and outstanding patient care by always operating up to JCI standards to which it is accredited. To maintain this mission and commitment, the Hospital established various medically specialized centers and departments, the most important of which is the Dallah Cardiac Center. It has secured and maintained comprehensive medical specialized services for patients with heart diseases, continuously adapting to their extra needs. These services advantageously include the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions on site. In addition to being equipped with advanced medical technology, the Cardiology Department has a qualified medical team with a wide range of experience.

Outpatient Clinics

The Consulting Clinics provide outpatients with consultation visits and are staffed with qualified and experienced consultant cardiologists. Open clinics are staffed with Cardiology Specialists and are located within the Open Specialists Clinic. Clinics operate on weekdays, morning and evenings. The Cardiac Center has a non-invasive diagnostic facility that offers the following diagnostic procedures:

  • Electric recording of heartbeats {Electrocardiography (ECG)}
  • Examination of heart muscle and valve performance using ultrasound and doppler flow imaging (Echocardiography)
  • Examination of heart muscle and valve performance using ultrasound and doppler flow imaging (Echocardiography) via the gullet using an endoscope
  • Continuous ambulatory 24-hour electrical (ECG) monitoring and recording of the heartbeat to detect irregularities and abnormalities (Holter)
  • Examination of the heart through stress testing as needed by patient diagnostic requirements and accordingto their physical capabilities to provide a detailed diagnosis.
  • These tests yield information regarding coronary artery diseases and heart muscle functions; and they include:
    • An examination by exercise testing; monitoring the electrical tracing of the heartbeat ECG monitor while the patient walks on a treadmill (Exercise Stress Test)
    • An examination of heart performance while stressing the heart using infused medications (Pharmacological Stress Testing)
    • Examining heart performance and adequacy of the perfusion of the coronary arteries of the heart by combining stress testing and nuclear imaging using a GAMA Camera (Thallium Stress Testing, Persantin Thallium Stress Testing, Dobutamine Thallium Stress Testing)
    • Examining heart performance and the adequacy of the coronary flow using stress testing and evaluating heart performance using Echocardiography (Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography)

Coronary Care Unit
Dallah Hospital has established a new state-of-the-art Coronary Care Unit in the Cardiac Center to care for patients with acute and emergency coronary artery problems like heart attacks and coronary chest pains. It also offers intensive care for patients who are critically ill with other centers serious heart conditions and for after their open-heart surgery. The Unit has 11 single rooms equipped with the latest and most advanced equipment for the very close observation and monitoring of patients with heart disease.

Included Equipment:
  • Sophisticated technology for continuous ECG (heartbeat monitoring) and for monitoring and recording all measurable functions of the heart, as well as coronary blood flow and breathing function parameters.
  • This installed technology provides monitoring from inside patients’ rooms or by remote observation at the nursing station or substations
  • Continuous intensive care is offered to patients by a highly qualified and dedicated medical team and nurses.

Cardiac Wards
The 14-bed ward offers specialized regular cardiac care and intermediate cardiac care to patients with heart problems. All beds and rooms are equipped to allow for the direct observation of patients with cardiac problems who were admitted or transferred from the Coronary Care Unit after their condition improved. The facility also allows for the continuous monitoring of patients’ heartbeats by remote, using a wireless system technology (Telemetry).

The Cardiac Ward usually looks after the following patients:
  • Patients with chronic heart conditions
  • Patients transferred from the Coronary Care Unit after the completed acute coronary care and improvement
  • Patients following cardiac catheterization and after Angioplasty and Stenting
  • Patients transferred form the Coronary Care Unit after improvement and stabilization following an open-heart surgery

Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory in Dallah Hospital is equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art advanced technology. It uses digital imaging technology for recording, which requires two cameras, and image analysis of Coronary Angiograms. This yields high visibility for the operator, which helps in evaluating cases accurately and hence facilitates precise and proper diagnosis and treatment.

Work in the Catheterization Laboratory, for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, is carried out by a team of consultants with a good reputation who are highly qualified with vast experience in this field, both nationally and regionally. Catheterization is performed for the following purposes:
  • Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Angiography are used to diagnose the narrowing and blockage of coronary arteries (Diagnostic Coronary Angiography)
  • Cardiac Catheterization is used for the diagnosis of heart valves, for their narrowing and leakage (left and right Cardiac Catheterization for Valvular Stenosis and regurgitation)
  • Therapeutic Interventional Cardiac Catheterization is used to relieve coronary
  • artery narrowing and blockages using balloon inflation and stent deployments (Percutenous Coronary Angioplasty and Stenting)
  • Performance of Cardiac Catheterization and Coronary Angiography using the radial artery (from the hand). This enables patients to ambulate immediately after the procedure and facilitates an earlier discharge from the Hospital. It also has a positive
  • impact on the patient’s morale and productivity
  • Cardiac Catheterization is also used for opening narrowed valves using balloon dilatation without surgical operations (Valve Balloon Valvectomy)
  • Use of ultrasound examinations inside coronary arteries to specifically assess outcomes of stent implants
  • An Electrophysiological Study through Cardiac Catheterization is used for diagnosing conditions of heartbeat irregularities. It is also used to fix pacemaker for center increasing and regulating the condition of slow heartbeats, and implanting advanced pacemaker devices that deliver electric shocks to correct serious heartbeat irregularities (Intracardiac Defibrillator Device ICD)
  • Implantation of modern and advanced pacemaker devices for treatment of heart failure

Open-heart Surgery
The Open-heart Surgery service at Dallah Hospital is a complete service in the private sector that has been operating since 1987. The operating room at the Hospital is one of the most important units that supports the Cardiac Center where all types of open-heart surgeries are actively performed with good outcomes. The surgery offers the following advantages:
  • Highly qualified and experienced surgeons perform the operations for all stable, critical or emergency cases
  • The capability to perform open-heart surgery without using a Cardiopulmonary Bypass, which is a procedure involving a new method that reduces the period of admission after surgery (used to circulate blood away from the heart during the operation)
  • Performed open-heart surgeries have achieved high results as shown in the statistics of the following procedures:
  • Coronary arteries bypass surgery restoration of coronary blood flow and heart ischemic Valves repair and replacement
The surgical team offers services 24 hours a day.