PCSH’S NEW HEART CENTRE
Perak Community Specialist Hospital (PCSH), formerly known as Perak Chinese Maternity Hospital (PCMH) and a not-for-profit hospital since 1904, has upped another notch in its provision of new and improved services to the community with the official opening of its now fully operational one-stop Heart Centre.
Equipped with the latest state-of-the-art Philips Azurion 7 system, the Heart Centre now offers more effective treatment options using advanced catheter-based procedures, enabling our specialist to perform a wider range of minimally invasive diagnostic and Interventional Cardiovascular procedures in a patient-focused environment.
Resident Interventional Cardiologist Dr Ng Seng Loong mentioned that the Philips Azurion 7 can capture high definition images of heart arteries and chambers to effectively treat any stenoses or abnormalities found. It can be used in Coronary Angiogram, Angioplasty (PTCA), Insertion of Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP), Pace-maker Procedures, etc.
With this high definition feature, a lesser dosage of contrast is needed, and this will greatly reduce the risk of damage to a patient’s kidney, thus lessening the risk of kidney injury which can lead to dialysis.
PCSH’S HISTORICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Perak Community Specialist Hospital (PCSH) created another medical milestone when it successfully performed a Peripheral Angioplasty on one of the patients using the latest state-of-the-art Philips Azurion 7 system at its Heart Centre recently.
While this procedure has been done before in other heart centres locally, this is the first time that such a procedure, which is also known as peripheral lower limb angioplasty, had ever been carried out in PCSH, using the new special machine feature which utilizes carbon dioxide gas instead of the conventional contrast for visualisation of the lower limb arteries.
Peripheral Lower Limb Angioplasty is a procedure done for patients having blockage of the leg arteries and can potentially reduce the risk of leg amputation and improve healing of ischemic ulcers.
Led by Dato’ Dr Ho Teik Kok, a Consultant Vascular/Endovascular & General Surgeon currently attached to Columbia Asia in Petaling Jaya, and Dr Ng Seng Loong, PCSH’s Resident Consultant Interventional Cardiologist & Physician, the highly professional team carried out the procedure on patient.