Heart Failure Treatment in Dubai
Heart disease affects more than 50% of the population in the UAE, and heart failure is one of the major causes of death in the country. As a result, maintaining heart health is of paramount importance.
Heart failure is a prevalent cardiac ailment globally.
When the heart fails to pump the required amount of blood, as it should— to meet the body’s needs, it is called heart failure. In this article, we educate about the symptoms, types, stages, and treatments of heart failure.
Types of heart diseases that can cause heart failure
There are various heart diseases that can potentially lead to heart failure. These include
- Coronary artery disease: A condition where the blood vessels supplying the heart become narrow and blocked, reducing blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart muscle. It may cause congestive heart failure, requiring congestive heart failure treatment.
- High blood pressure: When blood pressure is consistently high, it can damage the blood vessels and weaken the heart muscle, leading to heart failure.
- Cardiomyopathy: This is a disease of the heart muscle where the heart becomes enlarged and weakened, resulting in decreased pumping ability.
- Heart valve disease: The heart has four chambers and “door-like” valves. When valves in the heart are damaged or not functioning properly, it can cause the heart to work harder to pump blood, leading to heart failure.
- Arrhythmias: It is an abnormal heart rhythm condition. In this, the heart beats too fast or too slow, reducing the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively and potentially leading to heart failure.
Symptoms of heart failure
Some common signs and symptoms of heart failure include:
- shortness of breath
- swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet
- irregular heartbeat
- reduced ability to exercise
- continued cough or wheezing with a white or pink mucus
- swelling in the belly area
- abnormal weight gain
- lack of appetite
- difficulty in concentrating
- chest pain
Diagnosis of heart failure
The healthcare professional will first review the patient’s medical history and symptoms and perform a physical examination to identify risk factors, such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
The healthcare professional may also recommend further diagnostic tests to confirm the diagnosis. These tests can include blood tests, chest X-rays, electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, stress tests, cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), coronary angiogram, or myocardial biopsy.
These diagnostic tests not only confirm the diagnosis of heart failure but also confirm the stage of heart debility and aid healthcare professionals in identifying the underlying cause and developing an appropriate heart failure treatment
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Stages of Heart failure
(American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association classification)
The stage of heart failure determines the course of treatment. There are four progressive stages of heart failure, ranging from the high-risk stage to advanced symptoms.
Stage A (Pre-Heart Failure): At this stage, several risk factors for heart failure exist, but no visible signs or symptoms are present.
Stage B (Pre-Heart Failure): At this stage, heart disease has been diagnosed, but no symptoms of heart failure are present.
Stage C (Heart Failure): At this stage, heart disease and symptoms of heart failure are present.
Stage D (Advanced Symptoms): At this stage, symptoms of heart failure are harsher and the condition does not improve with treatment. This is the last stage of heart failure.
Heart failure treatment in Dubai
Each patient has a different heart condition, requiring a different action plan. Your diagnosis of heart conditions plays a pivotal role for surgeons in determining the best suitable heart failure treatment for you.
Depending on the stage, comorbidities, and other health conditions of the heart patient, the following treatment actions are recommended.
- Surgery: It is mostly recommended for chronic heart failure treatment. The surgical interventions include coronary bypass surgery, valve repair or replacement, or ventricular assist devices necessary to improve heart function.
- Implantable devices: Implantable devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can be placed via surgery to manage heart failure symptoms and improve heart function
- Cardiac rehabilitation: This program can help people with heart failure regain strength and fitness through exercise, education, and counseling.
- Medications: During the initial stages of the heart condition, the doctors may manage heart failure symptoms with medication, including ACE inhibitors, ARBs, beta-blockers, and aldosterone antagonists. These medications help to lower blood pressure, reduce fluid buildup, and improve heart function.
- Lifestyle changes: Making lifestyle modifications such as maintaining a healthy diet, losing weight, quitting smoking, and reducing alcohol consumption can help manage heart failure symptoms and improve overall heart health.
Why choose German Heart Centre?
At German Heart Centre, we provide a wide range of diagnoses, services, and treatments. We also provide interventional and cardiac inpatient treatment inpatient by collaborating with several local hospitals in Dubai. Most of our inpatient procedures are available on a day-patient basis, and patients can expect to be discharged within 24 hours.
We have the best team of cardio specialists, surgeons, and doctors culpable of doing intense cardiac surgeries through the most advanced techniques.
Here’s a detail of the diagnosis, treatments, and surgeries we provide for your heart care.
Diagnosis and Treatments
- Consultation with a Senior Cardiovascular Specialist
- Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)
- Exercise treadmill test
- Stress Echocardiography
- Carotid duplex
- Peripheral vascular duplex
- Abdominal ultrasound kidneys and aorta
- Ankle brachial pressure index
- Electrocardiogram with long rhythm strip
- Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
- Holter monitoring
- Pulmonary function tests
- Pacemaker interrogation
- Administration of antiarrhythmic drugs
- Preoperative Cardiac Assessment
- Postoperative Cardiac Assessment and follow ups
- Evalutation of Syncope using Table Tilt Test and Active Stand Test
- Aeromedical Cardiac Assessment for class I, II, III Aviation Professionals and Cabin Crews
- Cardiac MRI (in collaboration with external diagnostics centers)
- Coronary CT Angiography (in collaboration with external diagnostics centers)
- Myocardial Perfusion Scan (in collaboration with Dubai based Hospitals)
Interventional and Cardiac Inpatient Treatments
- Coronary Angiography and Cardiac Catheterisation (in collaboration with Dubai based Hospitals)
- Balloon angioplasty of coronary arteries with stent implantation (in collaboration with Dubai based Hospitals)
- Cardioversion (in collaboration with Dubai based Hospitals)
- Transesophageal Echocardiography (in collaboration with Dubai based Hospitals)
- Congestive heart failure
- Multi-morbidity with several parallel disorders
- Minimally Invasive and Conventional Bypass Surgery
- Minimally Invasive and Conventional Valve Repair/Replacement
- Repair of Congenital Disease in Adults (ASD/VSD)
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Clipping/Ligation
- Aneurysm and Dissection repair
- Ascending aortid arch, descending and thoracoabdominal aortic replacement