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RAK Hospital Leads The First Angioplasty Surgery in UAE

, a state-of-the-art multi-specialty facility jointly set up by the ETA Star and the Ras Al Khaimah Government and managed by Sonnenhof Swiss Health (SSH), has successfully performed an angioplasty procedure the first of its kind in the northern emirates, outside of Sharjah. The procedure was the first-ever interventional procedure to be performed at the recently opened RAK Center for Interventional Cardiology.

The angioplasty was carried out on a 38-year-old Bangladeshi national, Mr. Sultan Ahmed. A resident of Ras Al Khaimah, Mr. Ahmed was suffering from a heart condition that required immediate intervention and had a right coronary angiography with stent placement procedure carried out at RAK Hospital. Discharged from the hospital feeling healthy on Thursday, Mr. Ahmed is on his path to full recovery.

Commenting on the procedure, Mr. Ahmed said, “Even though this was the first angioplasty carried out at RAK Hospital, I was completely at ease in the hands of the practiced doctors and team here. As time was critical in my case, my family and I am very thankful that a hospital close to us was equipped to handle my case. The RAK Hospital team has provided me with great care. I was up and walking around the next day.”

The angioplasty procedure was carried out by the expert cardiac team at RAK Hospital headed by Dr. Rajeev Lochan, Chief Cardiologist and Dr. Margit Oremek, FMCS, Medical Director

Commenting on the breakthrough surgery, Dr. Rajeev Lochan said, “We are very proud to have successfully performed this in Ras Al Khaimah. As we all know, in matters of the heart, even minutes matter. A timely intervention is essential in preventing major complications or fatalities. By making this procedure available to the residents of the Northern Emirates, people no longer have to travel to Sharjah or Dubai for treatment. As such, we save those crucial minutes that may have an effect on the deteriorating condition of the patients.”

Coronary angioplasty is a therapeutic procedure used in the treatment of narrowed coronary arteries of the heart which is commonplace in the case of patients with heart diseases. This narrowing occurs due to the build up of cholesterol-laden plaques that form along the arterial walls. Angioplasty has to be conducted in a Cath Lab by an interventional cardiologist.

A Cath Lab is a procedure room with diagnostic imaging equipment used to support the catheterization procedure. This procedure involves a catheter (thin tube) being inserted into a large artery. This allows for fluid drainage, fluid injection and various surgical instruments and devices to be inserted through the body via the catheter.

It has been estimated that 41 per cent of all deaths in UAE are caused by cardiovascular or heart related diseases. This figure makes it the main cause of deaths in the UAE, overtaking deaths caused by traffic accidents. Considering the influx of cardiovascular patients in the UAE, it has become highly essential for sufficient facilities to be available to combat and threat from these diseases. With the availability of such facilities at RAK Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah has become more self reliant to treat cardiac patients.

RAK Hospital is a state-of-the-art multi-specialty healthcare facility jointly set up by the ETA Star Healthcare and the Ras Al Khaimah Government and managed by Sonnenhof Swiss Health (SSH), the well-known, healthcare consulting corporation from Switzerland.

RAK Hospital is the only hospital in the world that has been awarded the accreditation from both Joint Commission International (JCI) and by the Swiss Leading Hospital (SLH Accreditation) which is based on European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM standards).

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