Perak Community Specialist Hospital’s one-stop Heart Centre in Ipoh is now fully operational.
The centre is equipped with the latest equipment to provide improved services to the community.
It has the state-of-the-art Philips Azurion 7 image-guided therapy system that offers effective treatment options using advanced catheter-based procedures.
This allows doctors to perform a wider range of minimally invasive diagnostics and interventional cardiovascular procedures in a patient-focused environment.
The hospital’s resident consultant interventional cardiologist Dr Ng Seng Loong said the system could capture high-definition images of arteries and chambers of the heart to treat any stenosis or abnormality.
“It can be used in coronary angiogram, angioplasty, insertion of intra-aortic balloon pump and pacemaker procedures.
“With the high definition feature, a lesser dosage of contrast is needed. This will greatly reduce the risk of damage to a patient’s kidney, thus lessening the risk of the patient having kidney injury which can lead to dialysis, ” he explained.
Dr Ng added that the hospital had successfully performed a peripheral angioplasty on a patient using the latest system at the centre.
A peripheral lower limb angioplasty is a procedure that is done for patients who have blockage of the leg arteries and can potentially reduce the risk of amputation and improve healing of ischaemic ulcers.
“While the procedure had been done before in other heart centres locally, it was the first time such a procedure, which is also known as peripheral lower limb angioplasty, had ever been carried out at this hospital.
“Carbon dioxide gas was used instead of the conventional contrast for visualisation of the lower limb arteries.
“The procedure was conducted alongside Petaling Jaya-based vascular-endovascular consultant and general surgeon Datuk Dr Ho Teik Kok and our cardiac technicians, ” said Dr Ng.
The not-for-profit hospital, formerly known as Perak Chinese Maternity Hospital, was opened in 1904.