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It is our pleasure to welcome you to Hassabo International Hospital Department of cardiology and thank you for your confidence in our dedicated team of physicians and medical professionals. Our goal is to help you manage your heart condition, lead an active life and educate you on lifestyle modifications on how to better manage your heart condition.

Our department of cardiology at Hassabo International hospital, which is well equipped and staffed as a specialized department for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of cardiac conditions.  We do our best to meet your needs and to provide the highest level of care for you. Please review this guide to learn more about the physicians and procedures available to you at HIH, and to ascertain what steps you may need to take toward achieving better health.

Overview

What is cardiology?

Cardiology is a branch of internal medicine which is concerned with diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the heart and the blood vessels.

What is a cardiologist?

A cardiologist is a physician who is specialized in diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases (heart and blood vessels diseases).

Know the warning signs

When should i see a cardiologist?

According to statistics, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and woman; it has definitely crossed your mind. Fortunately, a routine check-up with your cardiologist can help you to be on top of your heart health!

If you experience any of the following symptoms, your physician may refer you to a cardiologist.

The Symptoms checklist includes:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Severe chest pains
  • Changes in heart rate or rhythm
  • Severely high blood pressure

A cardiologist can carry out tests for proper evaluation and diagnosis of the case. A cardiologist usually diagnoses and treats patient with a heart attack, heart failure, or other heart problems. He also helps you make decisions about your heart surgery, heart catheterization, and angioplasty.

Even without symptoms you may need to see a cardiologist!

This can happen if you have a family history of heart disease (as heart diseases have strong genetic predisposition), if you are a smoker, if you have diabetes, or if you are starting a new exercise program.

Heart diseases that our dedicated staff of cardiologists can help with include:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Congestive heart disease
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Hypertension (strong risk factor for heart diseases)
  • Pericarditis
  • Ventricular tachycardia

The cardiologist can also give advice about preventing heart disease.

Our Services & What we treat

Do What it Takes to Start, To Have a Healthy Heart

1- HIH Cardiology department provide quality care for its patients through reviewing patient’s medical history and carrying out a comprehensive physical examination.

2- Our Cardiology Department provides a spectrum of services including:

  • Inpatient and outpatient facilities
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Echocardiography
  • Duplex studies
  • full LAB
  • X Ray
  • X ray special investigations
  • Spirometry testing
  • Invasive and non-invasive ventilation
  • Inpatient monitoring
  • 24/7 ER & ICU services.

Treating Critical Illnesses

Our Critical Care Unit is staffed around the clock by specialists and consultants accredited by the highest Egyptian, British and American degrees. It includes Intensive Care Units, Intermediate Care Unit and the Respiratory Acute Care Unit. We care for critically ill patients with severe diseases whether cardiac or otherwise.

Other diagnostic services may also be requested during your visit, HIH is proud of its collaborations with other surrounding specialized catheterizations & diagnostic centers to ensure the continuity of our services and the most optimum care that our patients deserve.

Tests & Procedures:

Your physician may order some tests as listed below:

This records the electrical activity of the heart using electrodes placed on the skin.

Electrocardiogram (ECG):

Ambulatory ECG:

Ambulatory electrocardiography, also called, ambulatory EKG, or a Holter monitor, is a battery-operated, portable device that measures and tape-records the heart’s electrical activity (ECG) continuously, typically for a duration of 24 to 48 hours so that any irregular heart activity can be correlated with an individual’s activity. The device uses electrodes or small conducting patches positioned on the chest and attached to a small recording monitor that is kept in a pocket or in a small pouch worn around the neck.

Stress test:

This records heart rhythms while carrying out exercise. This procedure is done using small metal electrodes stuck on to the chest and connected by wires to a monitor recording the rhythms. This shows the difference between heart rhythm during rest and during exercising. It gives an idea of how well the heart works and its limitations.

Echocardiogram:

It is an ultrasound picture that shows the structure of the heart chambers and surrounding major blood vessels. Now, it is the gold standard for the diagnosis of many heart diseases. It can measure the pressure in the heart chambers and the surrounding arteries. It can also measure how well the heart is pumping (cardiac output). It can detect inflammation around the heart, known as pericarditis. It can also identify infections of the heart valves.

Cardiac catheterization:

This is a procedure to detect how well your heart is working using a small tube called a catheter which is inserted into one of the major blood vessels which lead to the heart. During cardiac catheterization your doctor may:

  • Take x-rays using contrast dye injected through the catheter to detect any narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. This is called coronary angiography.
  • Perform a percutaneous coronary intervention such as coronary angioplasty with stenting to widen narrowed or blocked coronary arteries (the main blood supply of the heart).
  • Measure the pressure in your heart chambers.
  • Evaluate how well your heart chambers contract while pumping.
  • Take biopsy to examine it under the microscope.

Nuclear cardiology:

This is non-invasive techniques to study cardiovascular disorders. Examples are infarction imaging, single-photon-emission computed tomography (SPECT), planar imaging, and myocardial perfusion imaging.

Cardiac electrophysiology:

This is a subspecialty of cardiology which is concerned with elucidating, diagnosing, and treating the electrical activities of the heart. In this test, a catheter is inserted into a vein at the top of the leg. The catheter measures the electrical activities within the heart.

An EPS of the heart can help to show the cause of your symptoms, decide if a patient needs a pacemaker, help make a decision about the best treatment for arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm. Our Cardiac electrophysiologists at HIH can provide treatment for abnormal rhythms including implantable cardioverter defibrillators, cardiac ablation, or pacemakers.

What we treat

Our dedicated staff of cardiologists treats all kinds of heart and blood vessel diseases including:

  • Heart attacks
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Aortic disease
  • Adult congenital heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Hypercholesterolemia and risk factor modification
  • Family history of coronary disease

Heart disease symptoms such as:

  • Chest pain or discomfort (angina)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Leg swelling

HIH Cardiology department primary mission is to deliver the highest quality of cardiovascular care to all of our patients by:

  • Providing the latest updates in cardiac care to patients of all ages
  • Providing state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures to allow accurate diagnosis and planning of treatment
  • Paying attention to our patients’ concerns and trying to provide the best evaluation and treatment plans for each individual.

Treatment options include:

  • Lifestyle modification recommendations
  • Medications
  • Medical & surgical Procedures

Information About The Clinic

Why should I come to the clinic?

Heart health is essential for your long term longevity, routine checkups can assist you to maintain a healthy heart by screening for common conditions that might occur as we age, and give you the medical advice and lifestyle modifications to be able to support an active life. The cardiology team of at HIH doctors, nurses, technicians, and other members are available at the clinic to meet your health needs and ensure you receive the best possible care to achieve your optimal health. Additional referrals and appointments can also be made at the clinic.

What happens in the clinic?

HIH Cardiology Clinic provides diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of cardiovascular disorders. Our dedicated physicians will take a meticulous medical history by asking you questions about your general health and symptoms you are having to help reach the proper diagnosis and treatment, and then will examine you thoroughly through checking your heart rate and blood pressure, examine your heart, lungs, blood pressure, and blood vessels. At the end of the visit, your doctor may ask for some tests to help reach the diagnosis.

Scheduling Your Appointment

Patients are generally seen by appointment, however if your situation is urgent, please inform our staff when you call or visit our around the clock emergency department. Every effort will be made to see you as soon as possible and the physician will be immediately notified to assess your needs.

How should I prepare for the clinic?

When you schedule your appointment, we will ask you to provide important information that will help us evaluate your current condition:

  • Be prepared with the questions you want to ask
  • Bring a notebook and pen, we encourage you to take notes
  • If this is a follow up visit, you have to remember to write down the changes you have experienced since your last visit.
  • All records that refer in any way to your condition
  • A complete list of your medications
  • All prior medical records, including x-ray films, biopsy

reports, lab and/or pathology records

  • Any necessary referrals or prior authorization required

by your insurance company

Questions and/or comments

If, after reading this leaflet, you still have questions, please do not hesitate to ask the Specialists or nurses in our unit. They will be happy to give you more information or arrange a meeting with the Consultant / Medical Director.

We would appreciate it if you could let us know whether you are satisfied with our care. For this purpose, a visitor’s book & patient satisfaction form is available in each of our departments. We would like you to write down your comments, experiences and/or suggestions for improvement, so that we can share this with our staff members. This input may help us to improve the service at the hospital.

The Medical Director /patient & care provider service center can be reached on 01006625687-23520003-23521002-2-23520008–23521006-23521007-23520040

or via the e-mail address:

patientfeedback@hih.com.eg

Complaints@hih.com.eg

Our Mission

Physicians and staff members in the cardiology Department are dedicated to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive care available. In addition, our goal is to continue educating patients and their family members to help them gain a solid understanding of all care provided and procedures performed. Visit our Department of cardiology with any questions you may have.

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