Chest Pain Units

National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases – NICVD has introduced a new era of heart healthcare with the inauguration of “Chest Pain Unit” to serve the nation at their quick approachable areas. This service is one of its kinds and is available for 24/7 throughout the year.

Chest Pain Units are launched for speedy access and fast diagnosis with early initiation of treatment of an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), which will prevent muscle damage and ultimately enhance quality of life of the patient. This program will also educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they have symptoms of an AMI, such as chest pain, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, excessive sweating, syncope and regarding risk factors for coronary artery disease, particularly smoking.

Chest Pain Units are well-equipped facility and has the appropriate diagnostic testing available to identify patients with an acute heart attack and is also equipped to resuscitate patients who become unstable. CPUs are functionally design for providing preliminary emergency care to heart attack patients. After providing initial treatment, the patient will be shifted immediately to the tertiary care setup at NICVD Cath Lab.

Since establishment of this facility in May 2017, 20,541 patients have visited our chest pain units including 9,297 cardiac patients, who have been managed in emergency and; furthermore 1,247 lives suffering from active heart attack, were saved during till December 2017. These units are functionally designed for providing state-of-the-art initial emergency care to heart attack patients and teams of all these units are diligently working to save lives round the clock.

Currently we have our Chest Pain Units at six different locations of Karachi to facilitate the citizens.

NICVD Chest Pain Unit Gulshan Chowrangi Flyover
NICVD Chest Pain Unit Gulbai Flyover
NICVD Chest Pain Unit Qayyumabad Chowrangi Flyover
NICVD Chest Pain Unit Malir Halt Flyover
NICVD Chest Pain Unit Nagan Chowrangi Flyover
NICVD Chest Pain Unit at Railway Road, opposite Miskeen Gali near I.I. Chandrigar Road.

These units are functionally designed for providing state-of-the-art initial emergency care to heart attack patients and teams of all these units are diligently working to save lives round the clock. Very soon more Chest Pain Units will be functional at different localities of Karachi Metropolis and in interior Sindh as well.