Heart And Vascular Center

The Heart and Vascular Center at the American Hospital Dubai is distinguished as regional leader of excellence in cardiology. The Center provides American standards of treatment and care to heart patients in the United Arab Emirates, as well as those attending from neighboring areas.

Home to top cardiologists in Dubai, the Center integrates the extensive skills and experience of its multidisciplinary team to treat conditions of the heart, lungs and chest, with specialists focusing on cardiology, interventional cath lab procedures, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery.

Staff at the Heart and Vascular Center employ the latest innovations and most advanced techniques in cardiology to diagnose, monitor and treat all types of heart conditions. These include invasive and non-invasive cardiology procedures, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery, supported by advanced rehabilitation services.

The Center is one of a small, select group of medical centers worldwide capable of undertaking advanced interventional and surgical procedures. Complex procedures, such as minimally invasive heart surgeries and beating heart bypass surgeries, state-of-the-art heart valve repairs and advanced aortic arch procedures, are all performed with the utmost precision and patient care. Let the best heart doctor in Dubai provide take care of you.

Specialized in various chest, lung, heart and vascular conditions and diseases, AHD’s renowned Heart and Vascular Center provides treatment and care to heart patients in the UAE according to the highest American standards. With a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled heart specialists, cardiologists and other medical professionals, the Center diagnoses, monitors and treats all types of heart conditions through both invasive and non-invasive cardiological procedures, cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Their work incorporates the latest innovations and pioneering techniques in cardiology and is supported by advanced rehabilitation services.

Latest technological developments and healthy lifestyle habits

Recent decades have witnessed major technological advancements in the medical and healthcare sectors, which are playing a crucial role in assisting procedures and enhancing patient outcomes. And what’s more important than the health of our heart? New and improved digital health technologies are being continually introduced in the field of cardiology to counterstroke, heart attack, heart failure and other cardiovascular risks, in addition to advancements in mitral and aortic valve repairs and replacements. Let’s have a look at some of the game-changing technologies that have arisen in the cardiological landscape in recent years and introduced to the Gulf region by American Hospital Dubai’s Heart and Vascular Center.

Commonly referred to as heart disease, cardiovascular disease is a label used to portray a range of illnesses and conditions that directly affect the heart. These include blood vessel diseases like coronary artery disease, arrhythmia and genetic heart defects, among others. If left untreated, blocked or restricted blood vessels can cause heart failure and cardiac arrest, angina or even a stroke. Cardiovascular conditions can involve various parts of the heart, from the arteries to valves and the muscle itself, and require heart specialists to administer treatments or surgeons to perform elaborate operations in the case of advanced heart disease.

While they may vary from one patient to another, the most common symptoms of heart disease are:

  1. Chest pain (angina) in the arm, neck and/or back
  2. Breathlessness
  3. Profuse sweating
  4. Acute nausea
  5. Heartbeat irregularities

The diagnosis of a heart disease requires the patient’s medical history and records, as well as physical examinations, blood tests and internal scans. Cardiac specialists at American Hospital Dubai strictly advise against self-diagnosis and urge all patients to seek medical expertise should they experience any unusual symptoms.

Heart disease treatments depend upon the severity of the condition. They include not only prescribed medicine, medical treatments, surgical procedures and post-surgery cardiac rehabilitation, but also lifestyle changes and dietary modifications.


  1. Smoking: Heart specialists have always advised against smoking. In cardiology, the use of tobacco can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease or worsen existing symptoms. Even secondhand smoke can cause severe damage to your health.
  2. Healthy diet: Diets that include a lot of fat can cause a strain on the vascular muscle and lead to blocked blood vessels. In order to prevent heart diseases or to rehabilitate your body after you have suffered a cardiac episode, it is important to adopt a healthy diet that includes vegetables and fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and protein-rich foods, such as lean meats, nuts and seeds.
  3. Physical activity: A well-planned physical activity routine can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and excess weight diabetes. After a cardiac episode, our heart specialists recommend that patients follow a workout routine that fits their physical needs and limitations.
  4. Weight maintenance: Obesity and weight conditions can often lead to heart disease and failures. Daily calorie intakes should be regulated or limited, depending on the patient’s needs. As a cardiology hospital, dietary plans are an important element in our treatment options.
  5. Stress and depression: Stress, anxiety and depression can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms,  such as excessing drinking, smoking or even food bingeing. This, in turn, can lead to heart diseases and cardiac arrests. Learning how to manage stress and cope with mental conditions is essential to improve physical and emotional health.


When lifestyle changes aren’t enough, American Hospital Dubai’s specialists will prescribe medical treatments to alleviate your symptoms and improve your condition. These will help to reduce your heart workload, relieve the symptoms, decrease the chances of ulterior heart episodes and cardiac arrests, lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, prevent blood clots and, in some cases, delay the need for procedures or surgeries. It is essential that patients follow the instructions of their doctor and take all of their medicines as prescribed.

Patients in an advanced stage of cardiovascular disease may require a surgical procedure to treat their condition. You can trust that our team of skilled and experienced heart specialists maintains the best cardiology center in Dubai. Your doctor will take the time to explain and discuss your options and to determine the right treatment and procedure for your specific condition.

TAVR is a minimally-invasive procedure to replace an aortic valve that has narrowed to the point when it fails to open properly (a condition called aortic valve stenosis), thus preventing blood from flowing into the aorta and onward to the rest of the body. This technology offers an excellent option for patients whose general condition or some specific factor puts them at serious risk of complications arising from open-heart surgery, as the device is implanted via a catheter that is inserted in the leg or chest and guided into place in the heart.

Currently, MitraClip is the only transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVr) device that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat patients with heart failure symptoms and moderate-to-severe or severe secondary (functional) mitral regurgitation - a condition in which the mitral valve is pulled further apart when the heart dilates, resulting in blood leaks from the center of the valve. This innovative medical device utilizes the edge-to-edge surgical method of valve repair and consists of a large clip that grasps both the anterior and posterior leaflets of the mitral valve.

An Australian company, along with a team that included clinical research experts from the Mayo Clinic, developed the world’s first artificially intelligent (AI) stethoscope system, called the Stethee. The advanced medical device features a revolutionary design that takes less than 20 seconds to deliver clinically validated and accurately verified, comparable and shareable biometrics and clinical data for a higher quality of patient care. The Stethee can analyze heart and lung sounds to build a unique personal biometric signature. Data is represented in real-time in the Stethee App and can be easily shared with relevant peers or specialists anywhere in the world.

The novel Watchman device is surgically implanted to close off the left atrial appendage (LAA) section of the heart to prevent harmful blood clots from entering the bloodstream. In this way, the risk of a stroke is reduced, particularly in patients with atrial fibrillation, in which the heart beats irregularly and, as a result, is prone to producing blood clots. Traditionally, these patients are prescribed long-term blood-thinning drugs, which they are able to stop altogether just a few months after the LAAC device is fitted. The procedure is minimally invasive and usually takes about an hour, with patients ready to leave the hospital within just 24 hours. The LAAC program was successfully launched at AHD through the coordinated efforts of specialty teams.

Drug-coated balloons were introduced as a new technology to replace the traditional balloons used for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease and have proven to be effective in many different procedures. DBC are available in various sizes and include a drug coating that is specially designed to combat restenosis – a condition in which a blood vessel persists in narrowing after corrective surgery, leading to restricted blood flow. The DBC’s main function is to not only open-up blocked arteries but simultaneously administer a drug to keep them open longer. It avoids the need for a permanent stent (a tube used to hold open a blood vessel).

A strong scientific evidence suggests that a Cardiac Rehabilitation program offers a substantial benefit to improve the wellbeing of a person living with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) or Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). 

The current data shows 20-30% reduction in mortality on patients who participate and/or enroll in the cardiac rehabilitation program,a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation that covers a systematic patient admission and discharge process, safe and quality patient services following the American and the international clinical standards and the evidenced based practice for cardiac rehabilitation.

The implementation and maintenance of the clinical standards based on the guidelines and the recommendations of the American Association of Cardiovascular Program (AACVP), the American College of Cardiolgoy (ACC), American Heart Association (AHA), the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the Joint Commision International (JCI)

Stethee allows you to listen, see and feel a heartbeat

Listen – it delivers a high-quality audio of your heart, lungs and other body sounds direct to your Bluetooth paired headset

See – it features LED rings of different colours that allow you to visualise the pulsing of the heart

Feel – the vibration mechanism lets you feel the force and power of the heart beating in your hand

American Hospital Panel of Doctors

Aws Sarmed Alfahad

Consultant Interventional Radiologist

Arabic, English

Eyad Hassan

Consultant Cardio-Vascular Surgeon

Arabic, English, German

Firas Raouf Alani

Consultant Interventional & Structural Heart

Arabic, English

Heyman Luckraz

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgery

Creole, English, French, Hindi, Urdu

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