Heart Centre Eyes New World-Class Procedures

Bandar Seri Begawan – As the field of medicine is an ever-revolutionising area that is of constant discoveries and improvements, Brunei Darussalams tertiary centre for cardiology aims to ensure that the countrys medical care remains on par with the rest of the world.

The Chief Executive Officer of Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre has assured that the healthcare centre will continuously look into ways to ensure state-of-the-art care for patients, including those who seek heart-related treatment.

Medicine is something that advances rapidly and things change from day-to-day and Brunei is no exception, he said.

In an interview following the conclusion of the third International Cardiology Conference that took place at The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Dr Peter Tay shared that the centre is looking to realise two new additions to the centres cardiology programmes with the vision to improve patients quality of life.

He explained that the centre is pushing for the shortening of time between diagnosing a myocardial infarction, or a heart attack, and inserting a balloon to open up the arteries whose procedure is known as a balloon angioplasty.

If you are able to diagnose a person with a heart attack at his doorstep at the ambulance level, then you can make the decision to transfer him to a tertiary centre and inset the balloon straight away, he said as early treatment for heart attacks is vital in preventing another episode and inevitably improves the patients chances of survival.

Brunei is a country where you can do that and you can also be aggressive with primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI).

Another service the centre is looking to establish is the introduction of the Left Ventricle Assist Device (LVAD) in-lieu of a heart transplant for patients who have severe heart failure due to the inefficiency of their left ventricle.

For people whose heart is operating at only 30 per cent, he said, it can be very debilitating even if they are walking just a few steps. The answer for this is cardiac transplant but the LVAD can also be considered.

However, the overall finances that will be needed for the procedure – that will cost approximately $300,000 – can be a hindrance but the CEO hopes that the future will see the reduction of the technologys market price and newer technology that is more affordable.

Though the population of Brunei Darussalam is relatively small, he noted that there are a number of local patients who could greatly benefit from this device. Once your heart is damaged and you are operating at 30-40 per cent heart efficiency, then there is no other choice than an LVAD or a heart transplant.

Meanwhile, yesterday saw the closing of the two-day cardiology conference hosted by Gleneagles JPMC on a biennial basis, which started in 2007. The next gathering of heart specialists from the region and across the globe will take place in 2013.

–Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

On October 18th, 2011, posted in: Latest News by
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