Heart disease or cardiomyopathy is a general term that refers to a wide variety of diseases affecting the cardiovascular system, including heart attacks or strokes, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease, congenital heart defects and arrhythmias.
Many risk factors can increase the chances of developing various heart diseases, including smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.
Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in the UAE, and it can occur 10 to 15 years earlier compared to patients in Western countries, due to the prevalence of major risk factors, for instance, 18% suffer from high blood pressure, 26.3% smoke, 33% have high cholesterol levels and 66.8% are overweight or obese, all of which require the use of all available preventive and curative measures to reduce them.
Using the latest diagnostic technologies provided by an American, European and British board-certified specialized team of qualified Emirati and non-Emirati staff, the Cardiology Department at Zayed Military Hospital provides comprehensive care for the prevention, early detection and treatment of common and complex cases of cardiovascular diseases.
The latest technology and medical equipment
Zayed Military Hospital has many technologies and devices for diagnosing and treating various heart diseases, including:
The treadmill stress test
2D and 3D chest ultrasound or endoscopy, with or without the special dye.
Exercise Stress Echocardiogram (echo).
Examination and monitoring using the electrocardiogram (Holter).
blood pressure monitoring.
Computerized tomography (CT) coronary angiogram
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is one of the most accurate tests for diagnosing heart muscle diseases and congenital heart defects.
Exercise stress cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
Diagnostic and therapeutic cardiac catheterization for the treatment of arterial obstructive diseases, which includes removing blockages from calcified arteries.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) without open-heart surgery.
Diagnosis and treatment using electrocardiograms by catheterization and cauterization using 3D technology.
Installation of various pacemakers and heart failure devices.
Furthermore, Zayed Military Hospital added a first-of-its-kind device in the Middle East, which can use a single pulse for heart imaging.
By: Dr Safaa Mohammed Al-Mihdhar – Head of the Cardiology Department at Zayed Military Hospital – Abu Dhabi