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(MENAFN Press) Electrophysiology Service at SKMC is UAE's Only Service of its Kin

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) has celebrated the implantation of its 1000th cardiac device

SKMC, managed by Cleveland Clinic, is part of the SEHA HealthSystem and owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA), which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

The patient, a 49 year old female executive with heart failure that was limiting her quality of life, received a cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrilator. The device is designed to improve symptoms as well as provide patients with protections against sudden death

The heart has its own internal electrical system that controls the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat, and cardiac electrophysiology (EP) is a subspecialty within cardiology that focuses on heart rhythm conditions - including speed and regularity of its beats

Consequences of irregular beating hearts can range from fainting through to sudden death, according to Dr. Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Chair of Cardiac Sciences at SKMC and consultant electrophysiologist

"There is no medicine that can make the heart beat faster, so the only solution is to implant a device that can help regulate and pace the heart," Dr. Alsheikh-Ali said

"Pacemakers are like sophisticated mini computers, only a little larger than a one dirham coin, which sit under the skin and connect to the heart through one of the veins in the shoulder. A basic pacemaker is programmed not to allow the heart drop below a certain heart rate, and prevents fainting episodes, via small electrical impulses," he added


"This milestone is an extremely important one, and we are proud to have SKMC offer the only such service in the country to provide this specialist care," Dr. Alsheikh-Ali said.

In addition to pacemakers, the EP program at SKMC implants defibrillators to help prevent life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia, which prevents the heart from pumping blood well and can cause instant death.

An implantable defibrillator has wires with electrodes that connect to the heart's chambers, and monitor the heart's rhythm. If it detects a life threatening rhythm in the ventricles, it will use electrical pulses to shock the heart into a normal rhythm, and can prevent sudden death according to Dr. Omer Elhag, consultant electrophysiologist at SKMC and head of the cardiac EP service

In addition to implantation of devices, around half of the cardiac EP service's procedures at SKMC are catheter ablations. During ablation, a doctor inserts a catheter into the heart, and a special machine delivers energy through the catheter to tiny areas of the heart muscle that cause abnormal heart rhythm, which 'disconnects' the pathway of the abnormal rhythm.

Catheter ablation generally has very high cure rate for cardiac arrhythmias, according to Dr. Alsheikh-Ali

SKMC's cardiac surgery program is the only one in the country that offers the EP service, and receives referrals from across Abu Dhabi, the UAE and even from neighbouring countries. The unique service is led by specialist Emirati electrophysiologists who understand the needs and requirements of the local population within Abu Dhabi. As many as 40% of the EP service's patients are local, indicating the confidence that the facility continues to hold with the community


About Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Media Contact:Rola Abu HassanWallis Marketing ConsultantsTel: 971 56 7753 053Email: SKMC@wallis-mc.comMohamed LariSKMCTel: 971 2 819 4566Email: marketing@skmc.ae About SKMC managed by Cleveland ClinicSheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) is located in Abu Dhabi City, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and operates under the management of Cleveland Clinic, consistently named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. SKMC is owned by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, which oversees operations of all public hospitals in the emirate. SKMC is the flagship institution for the public health system in Abu Dhabi and has several 'Centres of Excellence and aspires to practice contemporary medicine comparable to the best hospitals and medical centres in the world. SKMC provides comprehensive healthcare services in all of the disciplines relevant to the needs and priorities of the community to attain the highest levels of patient satisfaction.SKMC, the largest hospital and medical city in the UAE, consists of 586-bed tertiary hospital, 14 outpatient specialty clinics and the Abu Dhabi Blood Bank, all of which are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). SKMC is also accredited as a Cycle IV Chest Pain Centre with Primary Angioplasty Intervention; and is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for its Main Laboratory and the Abu Dhabi Blood Bank. In addition, SKMC manages a 125-bed Behavioral Sciences Pavilion and an Urgent Care Centre. For further information, please contact us at marketing@skmc.ae or visit www.skmc.ae. About the SEHA HealthSystem and the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA)SEHA is health in Arabic. The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC“ whose marketing identity is SEHA “ is an independent, public joint stock company created to develop the curative activities of the public healthcare system in Abu Dhabi. The company owns and operates all the public hospitals and clinics of the emirate of Abu Dhabi which together make up the SEHA HealthSystem. SEHA is committed to providing high quality, cost effective healthcare in a socially responsible way on par with international standards measured through accessibility, affordability, choice and satisfaction. SEHA has partnered with internationally recognised hospital managers to achieve these goals. These include Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, VAMED, Vienna Medical University and Bumrungrad International. SEHA owns and operates 12 hospitals with 2,644 beds, 62 ambulatory care, family care and urgent care centres and 2 blood banks. SEHA is one of the largest integrated healthcare providers in the Middle East, with 16,500 doctors, nurses, ancillary care and administrative personnel in its employ. Visit our website at www.seha.ae.



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