Thursday, 4 Mar 2021
A team at the National Heart Center (NHC) of The Royal Hospital performed a first-of-its-kind cardiac procedure to close the Sinus Venosus ASD on a patient rather than through a surgical intervention.

First-of-its-type cardiac process performed at National Heart Center

It was performed on a patient suffering from an atrial septal defect (ASD) of the sort (Sinus Venosus ASD) by a team headed by Dr Salim al Maskari, NHC director and senior consultant of Cardiology and Dr Abdullah al Farqani, senior consultant of cardiac catheterisation in collaboration with anaesthesiologists, cardiologists and nursing employees. Speaking about the process, Dr Maskari stated that the patient was very first anaesthetised and then correct sensors have been inserted by means of a little hole in the groin region.

After that, the sensors took their paths to the heart, the measurement of the aperture in the heart taken and ultimately, the stent was installed so that it completely covers the aperture without having affecting the blood vessels. Dr Maskari stated that there are several positive aspects of this process.

“It helps in reducing surgical intervention side effects associated with the catheter. “It also helps in ensuring short stay for patient in the hospital. The person can start normal life activities shortly after the procedure.” Dr Farqani stated, “There are a number of challenges in this procedure such as the shortage of a specialised cadre performing such interventions worldwide.” He added that this process will open new prospects for these individuals suffering from atrial septal defects.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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