HMC continues to provide innovative treatments through Heart Hospital for various types of patients

HMC continues to provide innovative treatments through Heart Hospital for various types of patients

By QLNews

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) continues to provide personalized and innovative treatments through Heart Hospital for various types of patients, including patients whose health condition requires emergency therapeutic cauterization to treat strokes and strokes despite the challenges imposed by COVID-19.

Treating cardiac and cerebral strokes by removing clots through therapeutic cauterization is one of the modern methods and techniques that HMC medical teams have been following for many years, as they are the most effective methods, which have proven extremely successful in saving many lives and minimizing the negative effects and the consequent damages resulting from these clots.

Senior Consultant Cardiologist at the Heart Hospital Dr. Omar Al Tamimi said, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the precautionary measures taken by hospitals in various parts of the world, the Heart Hospital did not stop providing treatment services to various patients.

Emergency therapeutic catheterization to treat heart attacks is also included, as the medical teams at the Heart Hospital take all necessary precautions and protective measures to curb COVID-19.

Hence, the number of daily heart cases treated in the Heart Hospital is not affected. 

Whereas, more than (1000) severe and acute heart strokes have been treated, in 2020, through therapeutic catheterization, to raise the number of the cases treated since the provisioning of the around O'clock therapeutic services, seven years ago, to (6) thousands of cases with a total success of 95%.

He pointed out that during the pandemic, this emergency catheterization was performed on a number of patients who tested positive with the virus, adding about 60 cases of those with COVID-19 have been successfully treated since the beginning of the pandemic until now.

Al Tamimi added that diagnosing the patient's condition as an acute heart attack is by determining the type of pain, such as changes in the ECG, rise in heart enzymes, and other criteria.

Then, the patient is transported through the ambulance service to the Heart Hospital, specifically to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for emergency catheterization to open the blocked artery.

The more rapid the intervention is during the first 90 minutes of a stroke, the better is the result, and the less is the damage resulting from the blockage of the artery, he said.

Furthermore, he explained that the emergency cardiac clot is usually the result of a blood clot in one of the coronary arteries that cause it to be completely blocked.

Here, the intervention is through the emergency catheterization treatment by inserting an ultrafine tube through an artery in the upper thigh or the wrist, adding the tube is connected to the coronary arteries and then the arteries are injected by this tube with a colored material and x-rays are made from various angles to identify the damaged artery.

Then, it can be determined if there is a problem such as narrowing or complete blockage, and the treatment is usually using a balloon and placing a stent and sometimes it is possible by opening the artery by sucking and pulling the clot with certain devices.

This process often takes only about 40 minutes for most patients, but some cases may require a longer time due to the varying changes according to the type of patients.

The use of emergency therapeutic catheterization is not only limited to treating heart clots, but HMC has also been proactive in using it in treating strokes.

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