First-of-its-kind operation at Oman’s National Heart Centre

Energy Tuesday 01/October/2019 12:34 PM
By: Times News Service
First-of-its-kind operation at Oman’s National Heart Centre

Muscat: Oman’s National Heart Centre has managed to perform a less invasive operation to install a device to treat a life-threatening abnormal heart rhythmon a 26-year-old man, the first time that this has been achieved in Oman.

A statement by the Ministry of Health read: “The National Heart Centre has succeeded in implanting a subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator under a patient’s skin without needing to insert wiring into the coronary arteries [for a traditional pacemaker or defibrillator]. This is considered the first time this operation has happened in Oman.

“The operation took one hour and was successful and without any complications,” the statement added.

The team was led by Omani doctors, and is considered a step forward in heart treatment in Oman.

“The Operation was carried out by the electrocardiology team at the National Heart Centre. Led by Dr. Najib Al Rawahi and Dr. Ghalia Al Mahnia. With assistance from a specialized team from the manufacturing company, as well as anesthesiologists, nurses, and technicians.

The patient was a 26 year old male who had an abnormal heart rhythm and needed to have a device implanted which could protect his heart. However, previous heart surgeries at an early age meant that his coronary arteries could not be accessed.

The statement added: “This advanced device is considered a leap in the treatment of life threatening Ventricular Fibrillation, especially in patients with heart insufficiency and whose arteries are not suitable for the wires that are needed for traditional pacemakers or defibrillators.”