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Mediclinic News : Hospital opens new cardiac lab

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Hospital opens new cardiac lab

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2016-06-01

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TYGERBURGER A rapidly growing community on the Cape West Coast and an increased demand for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases have been the major impetuses behind the development of a state-of-the-art new cardiac catheterisation and vascular laboratory at Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital. This is according to the general manager of the hospital, Dirk Truter. "Our cutting edge catheterisation laboratory enhances the range of cardiovascular services our specialists are able to provide to our patients, including those from Durbanville, Table View and the Cape West Coast," he says. Truter explains that sophisticated diagnostic imaging equipment is used in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory by cardio-vascular specialists to visualise the interior of the arteries in order to precisely deter-mine the extent of blockages and disease in these vessels. They then use these technologies to guide life-saving, minimally invasive procedures for cardiovascular conditions, which previously could only be treated through open heart surgery. "The new cardiac catheterisation laboratory, which was opened earlier, this year forms part of Netcare Blaauw-berg Hospital's cardio-vascular centre which offers a full range of 24-hour cardiovascular services to the community. Other facilities in the centre include a coronary care unit and intensive care unit. The specialists practising at the hospital can undertake coronary angiograms, angioplasties and stent insertions, and perform coronary bypass or valve surgeries." Interventional cardiologist Dr Jan-Peter Smedema, who practises at the hospital, welcomed the development of the cardiac catheterisation laboratory, saying that not only does it enable cardiovascular disease to be more accurately assessed and diagnosed, but also for highly intricate catheter-based procedures to be performed.
Created at 2016/06/06 01:32 PM by Mediclinic
Last modified at 2016/06/06 01:32 PM by Mediclinic