RH National Heart Center Succeeds in EDWARDS Implanting by Catheter
RH National Heart Center Succeeds in EDWARDS Implanting by Catheter18/2/2016
The National Heart Center of the Royal Hospital (RH) succeeded in the first time in the Sultanate to implant the (EDWARDS artificial heart valve) by performing a Catheter procedure. The patient has already been performed a surgery for implanting an artificial valve five years ago. However, the patient suffered from valvular cardiomyopathy due to a bacterial infection. He started to experience serious complications such as shortness of breath, immediate fatigue at any effort, weakness in the biological heart functions.
The therapeutic Cardiac Catheterization was operated by a medical team from the RH National Heart Center led by Dr. Salim Al Maskri, director of the National Heart Center and a Pediatric Cardiac Senior Consultant, with the collaboration of anesthetists, cardiac technicians, and the nursing staff. The procedure took around two hours.
Dr. Abdullah Al Farqani, a Pediatric Cardiac Senior Consultant, indicates the several benefits of performing this therapeutic Catheter most of which are; avoiding of open-heart surgery, minimized side effects compared to surgical operations, and short-stay admission. Above all, the patient can enjoy his normal daily activities after only two days of performing the Catheterization.
It should be noted that the RH began to use the MELODY artificial heart valve implantation technique in 2012 and recently introduced the EDWARDS technique to cover the cardiac cases.