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Testimonials - Heart and Vascular Center


I discovered the Hospital’s Heart Center through friends and decided to take my medical results to the specialists there

Deciding where to have a major surgical procedure is never an easy decision, but for Ali Salem, a 57-year old Omani national, who required major heart surgery, one of the key considerations was to stay as close as possible to his home, and his wife and six children. Ali underwent a high risk, highly skilled ‘beating heart’ bypass procedure - at the American Hospital Dubai. Ali had suffered from high blood pressure since 1986 and was then diagnosed with diabetes in 1999. His various sporting activities and regular check-ups, whilst following his doctor’s advice and program of medication, helped him to keep both conditions under control. “I discovered the Hospital’s Heart Center through friends and decided to take my medical results to the specialists there for a second opinion and to inquire about how serious my situation was. The decision was that open heart surgery was unavoidable and the hospital offered the ‘beating heart’ bypass procedure. This was when I started to wonder about whether I should travel to another country, or whether I should stay within the region. Staying close to home meant that I could see friends and loved ones, and no one should underestimate the importance of the visits of ones close to you, and the moral support of the family, during the rehabilitation process of a patient. In the end, my life was saved, time, money and effort were saved, and I had the comfort of staying within my own culture.


Once I had decided on a beating heart operation (where the heart is not stopped during surgery)

When he discovered that he needed an urgent heart by pass operation, Abdullah Abdul Rahman Mohamed, a 39 year old UAE national, chose to stay close to home while undergoing the challenging quintuple (x5) beating heart by pass procedure. He is thankful for the choice he made to stay in Dubai, where he was able to stay in close contact with his family and his Cardiac Surgeon. ” Once I had decided on a beating heart operation (where the heart is not stopped during surgery), I went on the internet and contacted some of the leading cardiac centers in the US and in Europe to determine how easy it would be to go to one of these countries for the operation. My need was urgent but I discovered that going abroad for major surgery is neither quick nor simple and that it is very costly, especially when the extended recuperation period and family travel accommodation is taken into consideration." "I met the Cardiac Team at the American Hospital Dubai and made up my mind immediately that, subject to the satisfactory results of the pre surgery tests, I would put myself in their hands.Being treated in Dubai meant there was no need for visas or expensive travelaccommodation costs, says Abdulla. He felt it was important to have his family and friends around at a time like this and found it reassuring to know that his Cardiac Team - and even his Surgeon - was available at any time, if he needed to speak to them or had a question.


Traveling to Europe was an option but I chose the American Hospital Dubai

Swedish business executive, Thomas Widegren, became the first surgical patient at the Heart Center after undergoing an advanced minimally invasive beating heart procedure. He spent less than one week in the hospital following the successful procedure. Thomas had a critical and urgent need for quadruple heart bypass surgery following a massive heart attack and he decided to stay in Dubai, rather than travel to his native Sweden or another European country, on the basis of the local availability of US standard cardiac expertise. Traveling to Europe was an option but I chose the American Hospital Dubai. It is great for Dubai to have this level of expertise available locally. Thomas had suffered a massive heart attack, severely weakening his heart, which had lost more than 50 per cent of its function. The beating heart technique, in which the heart continues to beat throughout the procedure, reduces the requirement for blood transfusions, which was another benefit for Thomas, who is - 0 negative - a rare blood type.


Recent Hospitalization

Dear Dr Hallak, This is a short note to let you know that I traveled back to UK on Friday without any problems. In fact, I feel 100%! I am most grateful to you and all the staff at the American Hospital who looked after me. I genuinely feel I could not have had the problem in a better place worldwide. I am particularly grateful to you for explaining everything to me so lucidly and making the whole episode as painless as possible. With my very best wishes. Yours sincerely Jack Ramsden


Blood clot removed from a 47 year old British man

A 47 year old British man, who was otherwise healthy, recently underwent emergency Cardiac Catheterization at the American Hospital Dubai to remove a blood clot from his heart, which would have resulted in a massive heart attack if left untreated. The man had just finished a game of football when he started to complain of severe chest pains, together with breathlessness and profound sweating. He was immediately taken to the Emergency Room at the American Hospital Dubai, where he had an ECG (Electrocardiogram) scan of his heart, which showed signs indicating the early stages of a heart attack. The team, headed by D. Omar Hallak, Interventional Cardiologist, at the hospital took him to the Cath Lab (Catheterization Laboratory, where the arteries are examined), and a coronary angiography revealed a completely blocked (clotted) LAD (the largest branch of the heart artery). A blockage of this type leads to ischemia (a lack of oxygen and nutrition to the heart), Unless the artery is unblocked quickly, the heart muscle would be permanently damaged and scarred, and the patient’s life would be at high risk. In this case, the cardiac team had to perform a thrombectomy to remove the clot from the artery; normal blood flow was immediately restored, enabling the cells to start receiving oxygen and nutrition again, and immediately stopping the chest pain. The team inserted a cardiac stent (a wire mesh tube) to ensure that the artery remained open; the patient recovered well and was subsequently discharged in very good condition.


I discovered the Hospital’s Heart Center through friends and decided to take my medical results to the specialists there.

I discovered the Hospital’s Heart Center through friends and decided to take my medical results to the specialists there deciding where to have a major surgical procedure is never an easy decision, but for Ali Salem, a 57-year old Omani national, who required major heart surgery, one of the key considerations was to stay as close as possible to his home, and his wife and six children. Ali underwent a high risk, highly skilled ‘beating heart’ bypass procedure - at the American Hospital Dubai. Ali had suffered from high blood pressure since 1986 and was then diagnosed with diabetes in 1999. His various sporting activities and regular check-ups, whilst following his doctor’s advice and program of medication, helped him to keep both conditions under control. “I discovered the Hospital’s Heart Center through friends and decided to take my medical results to the specialists there for a second opinion and to inquire about how serious my situation was. The decision was that open heart surgery was unavoidable and the hospital offered the ‘beating heart’ bypass procedure. This was when I started to wonder about whether I should travel to another country, or whether I should stay within the region. Staying close to home meant that I could see friends and loved ones, and no one should underestimate the importance of the visits of ones close to you, and the moral support of the family, during the rehabilitation process of a patient. In the end, my life was saved, time, money and effort were saved, and I had the comfort of staying within my own culture.


Once I had decided on a beating heart operation (where the heart is not stopped during surgery)

Once I had decided on a beating heart operation (where the heart is not stopped during surgery) When he discovered that he needed an urgent heart by pass operation, Abdullah Abdul Rahman Mohamed, a 39 year old UAE national, chose to stay close to home while undergoing the challenging quintuple (x5) beating heart by pass procedure. He is thankful for the choice he made to stay in Dubai, where he was able to stay in close contact with his family and his Cardiac Surgeon. ” Once I had decided on a beating heart operation (where the heart is not stopped during surgery), I went on the internet and contacted some of the leading cardiac centers in the US and in Europe to determine how easy it would be to go to one of these countries for the operation. My need was urgent but I discovered that going abroad for major surgery is neither quick nor simple and that it is very costly, especially when the extended recuperation period and family travel accommodation is taken into consideration." "I met the Cardiac Team at the American Hospital Dubai and made up my mind immediately that, subject to the satisfactory results of the pre surgery tests, I would put myself in their hands." "Being treated in Dubai meant there was no need for visas or expensive travelaccommodation costs," says Abdulla. He felt it was important to have his family and friends around at a time like this and found it reassuring to know that his Cardiac Team - and even his Surgeon - was available at any time, if he needed to speak to them or had a question.


Traveling to Europe was an option but I chose the American Hospital Dubai

Swedish business executive, Thomas Widegren, became the first surgical patient at the Heart Center after undergoing an advanced minimally invasive beating heart procedure. He spent less than one week in the hospital following the successful procedure. Thomas had a critical and urgent need for quadruple heart bypass surgery following a massive heart attack and he decided to stay in Dubai, rather than travel to his native Sweden or another European country, on the basis of the local availability of US standard cardiac expertise. Traveling to Europe was an option but I chose the American Hospital Dubai. It is great for Dubai to have this level of expertise available locally. Thomas had suffered a massive heart attack, severely weakening his heart, which had lost more than 50 per cent of its function. The beating heart technique, in which the heart continues to beat throughout the procedure, reduces the requirement for blood transfusions, which was another benefit for Thomas, who is - 0 negative - a rare blood type.




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