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The Cath Lab

South City Hospital provides complete and comprehensive cardiac care to patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases ( Preventive; Treatment in Clinics,  Wards, and excellent Emergency Cardiology in Emergency Department, Coronary Care Unit, and Cath-labs ). These services include the provision of state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities, evidence-based treatment provided by highly trained cardiologists, and quality care by experienced technicians.

Our cardiology services consist of a six-bed Coronary Care Unit (CCU) where  critically ill cardiac patients are admitted and  are given intensive  care starting right from the emergency department chest pain unit and a cardiologist is available on call:

At South City Hospital our cardiology services are provided by the following units:

  • 1. The Chest Pain Unit in the Emergency Department.
  • 2. The Cath Lab.
  • 3. Coronary Care Unit
  • 4. The non-invasive lab ( Echocardiogram and Stress Test)

Chest pain unit
Location: ED(ground floor)
Timing: 24 hours

We pride ourselves on generally averaging less than 40-60 -minutes ‘door-to-balloon’ time, which refers to how quickly we can move someone with cardiac chest pain from our Emergency Room to be treated at the Cath lab. (The international standard is 90 minutes.)

The consultant cardiologists are also available 24 hours a to treat the patient in the ED if needed. They are assisted by an experienced cardiology team that will investigate the initial complaint. Whether it is resuscitation or defibrillation, the chest pain unit doctors are well-trained to pick up on ischemic problems (referring to the blockage of the blood supply).

The chest pain unit assesses whether the patient needs to be admitted. If that is the case, then they can also be taken to the Medical Intensive  Care Unit (third floor) which has 12 dedicated beds for most serious patients as well. Safe and quick movement in the hospital is our priority in such cases.

In the case of a heart attack, the standard used to be to provide pharmacotherapy. But today the norm is to immediately move the patient to the Cath lab for an Angiogram or Angioplasty. “This is no longer state-of-the-art,” explains a former famous SCH consultant cardiologist Dr. Nadeem Rizvi. “The primary angioplasty is the accepted standard now.”

Our combination of experienced interventionists and infrastructure means that South City Hospital’s Cardiology unit can manage these cases swiftly and expertly.

South City Hospital has a 24-hour Cardiac Catheterization laboratory, which works in close coordination with our Emergency Department and Critical Care Units. The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is a state-of-the-art digital facility, which provides diagnostic and therapeutic services to adult patients suffering from various cardiovascular problems. The Cath Lab is a facility where diagnostic imaging equipment is used to assess the condition of the heart’s arteries and any abnormalities. Our cardiologists perform procedures such as Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty here. The interventional cardiology service is available 24 hours a day and does emergency interventions for patients presenting with Acute Myocardial Infarctions.

Procedures performed:

  • Primary Angioplasty (24hrs) Emergency Service.
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Flow Friction Resistance (FFR)
  • Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD)
  • Inferior Vena Cava Filter
  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP)
  • Peripheral angiography/angioplasty
  • Permanent Pacemaker
  • Temporary Pacemaker.

The Non-Invasive Lab
Location: 2nd floor
Timing: 8 am to 8 pm

On the second floor, the cardiology unit has a non-invasive lab for scheduled daycare procedures for out and in-patients. It is here that the following investigations are carried out, such as:

  • Trans-thoracic Echocardiograms
  • Trans-oesophageal Echocardiogram
  • Exercise Stress Echocardiogram
  • Dobutamin Stress Echocardiogram
  • Exercise Tolerance Test (ETT)

The Cath lab team of technicians and their in-charge Mr. Saeed, managed by the manager of cardiology Dr. Ramesh Kumar, headed by interventional cardiologist Dr. Sajid Dhakam, very efficiently tackle emergency cases and elective procedures care for the patient from the pre-op stage to the post-procedure, which includes all forms of counseling and advice.