Cardiology

Cardiology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the heart. It includes medical diagnosis and treatment of Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure, Valvular Heart Disease, Electrophysiology, Inherited Heart Disease and Congenital Heart Defects.

Gulf Diagnostic Center Hospital has an experienced cardiac team committed to delivering holistic cardiac care comprising prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of heart and circulatory system. Our team of cardiologists is highly competent to diagnose, treat and meticulously follow-up a variety of cardiovascular diseases and conditions, including:

  •  Coronary Artery Disease
  •  Heart Failure
  •  Heart Valve Disease
  •  Inherited Heart Disease
  •  Congenital Heart Disease
  •  Cardiac Arrhythmias
  •  Hypertension and its complications
  •  Hyperlipidemia

The symptoms can consist of chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, dizzy spells, collapse, and high blood pressure. Those may occur in association with certain metabolic derangements.

Delivering treatment to the whole person, and not just the disease, is what we stress on and deliver. We do offer a broad spectrum of cardiac investigation for patients, not only in Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE, but also for those across the entire GCC. Our cardiac services consist mainly of non-invasive tests for the early diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

Our range of investigations for cardiac conditions include:

The Electrocardiogram (ECG):

The ECG is the most commonly performed cardiac test and is a useful screening tool for a variety of cardiac abnormalities. The test, which is simple-to-perform, risk-free and inexpensive, takes approximately 3 minutes to perform. Depending on test results, further tests, including an echocardiogram to diagnose heart disease or other cardiac structural abnormalities, may be prescribed.

The Echocardiogram:

The Echocardiogram is an extremely useful test and can provide a wealth of helpful information, including the size and shape of the heart, pumping capacity, and the location and extent of any tissue damage. It is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests in cardiology for the diagnosis, management, and follow-up of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases. This test is non-invasive, entirely safe and very accurate. It can take around 30-40 minutes to complete, depending on the clinical case. Echocardiograms are sometimes used in conjunction with stress tests.

The Stress Test:

Changes in the ECG tracings and heart rate are closely monitored during an exercise routine, starting at a low level of exercise and then gradually increasing whilst closely monitoring any changes. The test incorporates usage of an ECG machine and blood pressure monitor. The stress test is mainly used for the diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease. When a portion of the heart is not receiving enough blood supply, it often causes chest discomfort, a symptom called Angina. This clinical condition could be investigated using a stress test.

The stress test is also helpful for checking on arrhythmias and blood pressure response to exercise in certain structural heart disease conditions.

The Holter Monitor:

Holter Monitoring is a portable device for the prolonged monitoring of the various electrical activity of the cardiovascular system, starting from at least 24 hours and going up to two weeks at a time. Mainly for outpatient use, the Holter's extended recording period helps in the detection of occasional Cardiac Arrhythmias, and in the identification of the cardiac rhythm abnormalities which may lead to dizziness, collapse or potential epileptic events that would be difficult to identify in a short period of time. For non-frequent and rather serious symptoms, patients can be fit with a prolonged Holter Monitor for a month or more, prior to being considered for invasive means on checking on their cardiac rhythms.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is a non-invasive method of obtaining blood pressure readings over a 24-hour period, whilst the patients are in their own environment, representing a true reflection of their blood pressure.

Many studies have now confirmed that blood pressure measured over a 24-hour period is superior to clinic blood pressure in predicting future cardiovascular events and target organ damage.

Post-diagnostic Treatment

Post diagnostics, we offer a range of medical services characterized by a personalized and coordinated approach with caring attention which a patient deserve, all of that is targeted at achieving optimum clinical results.

Cardiology Department and Staff

A powerfull team working for your Health

Dr. Ghazi Hassan

Consultant Cardiovascular Disease

DR. MAKI AL HADETHI

Consultant Cardiovascular Disease