SMHS Hospital gets state-of-art machine to treat heart ailment

SRINAGAR: Doctors in Kashmir will now be able to correct arrhythmia, a heart disorder, using latest technology.

This after the cardiology department at SMHS Hospital here has acquired 3D electro-physiological mapping and ablation machine, the first of its kind in the state.

Doctors at the department had been treating patients using 2D RF ablation technology, but they say the latest technology will help them to treat more complex arrhythmias.

Cardiac arrhythmia, also known as cardiac dysrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, is a group of conditions in which the heartbeat is irregular, too fast, or too slow.

Dr Khalid Mohiuddin, interventional cardiologist and electro physiologist, who along with his team of doctors will be using the new machine, said, “Electrical irregularities can be life threatening and have to be treated using drugs or implanting pacemakers along with ablation wherein doctors usually burn a dysfunctional cells that cause such irregularities thus normalizing heart rhythm.”

The new machine, according to doctors, is highly successful and enables them to target the specific cells in the heart, as 3D imaging gives a better plot of the heart to pinpoint and target these cells.

“With the help of the latest machine we would be able to map the heart and discover the problem area in real time,” Dr Mohiuddin told Kashmir Reader.

He said that a procedure can be performed with ease at the hospital and a patient can be treated with least possible time at less cost.

The facility is available at limited places in north India, and treatments here can reduce the cost significantly, said another doctor who is part of Dr Mohiuddin’s team.

“A procedure of this nature will incur a cost of Rs 3 lakh outside, and being a government-run facility it would cost a patient Rs 50 thousand at the SMHS Hospital,” the doctor said.