King Abdul Aziz Medical City for Health Affairs in Riyadh recently witnessed several complex arrhythmia ablation procedures including hereditary and acquired ventricular arrhythmia, both of which have high mortality rates.
The procedure uses radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular heartbeats.
The operations were performed under the direct supervision of Dr. Abdulmohsen Almusaad, consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at King Abdul Aziz Medical City.
“Performing such complex procedures constitutes an important strategic transformation for King Abdul Aziz Medical City in terms of the role such surgeries can play in reducing the suffering of heart patients,” said Dr. Almusaad.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today is confidently forging toward its medical renaissance, especially in the treatment of heart disease, and in this regard it is the first in the Middle East. King Abdul Aziz Medical City is exerting strenuous efforts to provide safe treatments for patients with cardiac conditions and endeavors to keep pace with the latest medical technologies in this field. Such medical achievements come at a time when the Kingdom is witnessing significant transformations in the context of its medical renaissance inspired by the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030,” he added.
The technology of the EnSite Precision Navx System (3D Mapping) for Cardiac Foci Mapping as well as other technologies such as the HD Grid Diagnostic Mapping Catheter introduced by Abbott Medical contributed to the success of all the operations hitherto performed, including those for cases of “sudden death syndrome” and Brugada syndrome, which were performed for the first time in the Middle East. World Heart Day, which is celebrated on Sept. 29 every year, was observed this year under the motto “My Heart ... Your Heart.”