High-tech cardiac care in Oman soon

By Kabeer Yousuf — MUSCAT: Feb 11 – The Ministry of Health (MoH) will soon introduce most modern technology in cardiac treatment which is minimally invasive, low in cost and high in the rate of success, according to Dr Mahmood al Mukhaini, Senior Consultant and Head, Department of Cardiology at Royal Hospital and Deputy Director of National Heart Center. Terming it a “milestone in coronary care” in the country, he said it’s a combination of both conventional cardiac treatment and keyhole surgery, which is widely used in European countries. Speaking to the Observer on the sidelines of the concluding session of the 13th Gulf Heart Association Conference, Dr Al Mukhaini said the new technology, as against the conventional open heart surgery, is catheter-based and minimally invasive.

“Corrective surgery is carried out through femoral access.” He said expanding the most modern cardiac services to interior villages is “top priority” for the National Cardiac Center. The event was presided over by His Highness Sayyid Taimoor bin Asa’ad bin Tariq al Said. Dr Ahmed Mohammed al Saidi, Minister of Health, was also present. “We are adopting the treatment for structural heart diseases and have already tried this new technology with a pulmonary valve patient, the results of which have been highly encouraging,” said Dr Al Mukhaini.