Posted on April 09, 2016

A team led by interventional cardiologists from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra) performed two successful cardiac procedures at HMC’s Hamad General Hospital (HGH) while delegates at an international conference observed via live transmission.

Both procedures were transmitted live to more than 450 delegates at the Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Catheter Intervention and Congenital and Structural Heart Disease Symposia (PICS-CSI Asia) held in Dubai on 4 March. This prestigious conference provided a comprehensive overview of the major topics in catheter therapy of congenital, structural and valvar heart diseases and brought together international experts in the field of congenital cardiology, including adult and pediatric interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists, imaging specialists, nurses and technicians.  

The cases were jointly carried out by Dr. Hesham Al-Saloos, Pediatric Cardiologist at HMC, and Prof. Ziyad Hijazi, Chairman of Pediatrics at Sidra. Dr. Al-Saloos said: “It was a great honor to be invited by the PICS-CSI Asia conference to transmit these live cases to their delegates. This was the first time interventional cases at HMC have been broadcast live in this way and enabled us to showcase the high quality of our therapeutic cardiac catheterization to hundreds of cardiac medical professionals.”

The first procedure was performed on a 10-year-old Qatari boy suffering from a leaky heart valve and dilation of his right ventricle. The team carried out a transvenous pulmonary valve implantation - a procedure to insert a new pulmonary valve without surgery. The second live transmission case involved an adult male Bangladeshi patient suffering from an atrial septal defect. This meant the patient had a large hole in the wall that separates the top two chambers of the heart. The hole was closed transvenously using a closure device.

Both patients received a therapeutic cardiac catheterization and avoided the need for traditional open heart surgery. This meant there was no surgical wound and a heart-lung machine and recovery in the Intensive Care Unit were not required. They were both kept under observation in the ward overnight and discharged home the following day.

Prof. Hijazi explained the benefits of the live procedures: “Live transmissions are a widely used educational and training tool across the medical world. As the course director of the PICS/CSI meetings and having conducted similar transmissions in the USA, I was very pleased that we had the opportunity to showcase the procedures from Qatar.  The most important thing to come out of these successful surgeries was that both of the patients’ lives were saved. This is also testament to the level of expertise we have here and that together with HMC, Sidra continues to break new ground to help advance patient focused and safe healthcare services for the people of Qatar.” 

Dr. Yousef Al Maslamani, Medical Director of HGH, highlighted some of the recent progress in cardiac catheterization at HMC: “We have been performing therapeutic cardiac catheterization for more than three decades and have taken a great leap forward in recent years by offering a non-surgical therapy for complex congenital heart diseases. We continue to introduce the latest procedures and techniques to ensure patient safety and the best outcomes. We are proud to have short lengths of stay for these procedures and low complication rates. The live transmissions have enabled us to raise the profile of the services we offer at HMC and share our knowledge with fellow medical professionals.”