NICVD fast expanding its chain of chest pain units

National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) in its efforts to provide first tier of heart care facilities to the patients at their doorsteps has opened its 5th Chest Pain Unit, at Nagan Chowrangi here. Executive Director, NICVD, Professor Nadeem Qamar talking to APP Thursday said with the support of Sindh government and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, a chain of Chest Pain Units (CPUs) are planned for the ever expanding metropolis.

Sharing details of the initiative, he said each of these CPUs are well-equipped with appropriate diagnostic facilities along with efficient arrangements to resuscitate patients who may arrive in unstable condition.

“CPUs are functionally designed to provide preliminary emergency care to heart attack patients and after providing initial treatment, the patients are shifted immediately to the tertiary care setup at NICVD Cath Lab,” the NICVD chief elaborated.

On basis of the available record, he said a significant number of complainants were those with muscular pain or with gastric conditions.

Since establishment of the first CPU in May this year, he said more than 12,957 patients have visited these units including 5,487 cardiac patients, who have been managed in emergency.

It was claimed that lives of 977 patients suffering from active heart attack were saved during six months’ time that is from May till October this year. He said the idea is not only to provide needed assistance to the complainants but also screen those with serious conditions and in need of immediate medical intervention.

“Those with heart related conditions, mainly heart attack, are immediately sent to NICVD or any heart care centre located nearby,” the senior cardiologist said.—APP

Source: Pakistan Observer (November 24, 2017)