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Lack of Post-Surgery Rehabilitation Centers In Saudi Arabia

cardiac rehabilitationAccording to a leading Saudi consultant cardiologist, the Kingdom is lacking centers for , which need to be enhanced to raise the rates of survival after heart surgeries.

Dr. Mustafa Al-Refaei, consultant cardiologist at the Saud Al-Babtain Cardiac Center in Dammam said, “The number of cardiac patients in the Kingdom who underwent surgery is increasing, but their rehabilitation has remained critical because the country has not fully established dedicated rehabilitation centers to monitor their survival,”

Al-Refaei who was one of the attendees of the  Sixth International Cardiac Congress held at the Asharqia Chamber recently said, “Although rehabilitation of cardiac patients must start even before the surgery, it is the care and rehabilitation of cardiac patients after surgery that needs to be addressed and looked upon by the Kingdom’s health sector”

He advised that all hospitals and clinics to establish their cardiac  rehabilitation centers, create special teams of cardiologists, hire trained nurses in cardiac care, physical therapists, nutrition specialists beside other specialists.   At the same time, there are some hospitals which have full filled these requirements to manage their own rehabilitation centers, like the Saud Al-Babtain Cardiac Center, Saudi Aramco Hospital, the Military Hospital in Dhahran, Saad Specialist Hospital, King Fahd Hospital of the University, and Almana General Hospital.

 He also explained that the efficient factors of cardiac patients rehabilitation are, committing with prescribed medicines, regular exercising to strengthen the heart muscle, gradual cardiologist visitations and consultations, changing the patient’s lifestyle through the food and drinks intake, the last thing is quitting smoking.

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