Muscat, The National Heart Center (NHC) at the

Royal Hospital performed recently a cardiac catheter, the first of its

kind, to close the Sinus Venosus ASD rather than the surgical

intervention.

The catheter was performed to a patient suffering from an atrial

septal defect (ASD) of the type (Sinus Venosus ASD) by a medical

team headed by Dr. Salim al-Maskari, NHC Director and Senior

Consultant of Cardiology and Dr. Abdullah al-Farqani, Senior

Consultant of Cardiac Catheterization in collaboration with a number of

anesthesiologists, cardiologists and nursing staff.

In this regards, Dr. Al-Maskari explained that the patient was

anesthetized, and then the medical team inserted accurate sensors

through a small hole in the groin area. After that, the sensors took their

paths to the heart, the measurements of the aperture in the heart have

been taken and finally, the medical stent installed so that it fully covers

the aperture without affecting the blood vessels.

Al-Maskari also indicated that there are many advantages to this

catheter; reduction of surgical intervention, reducing side complications

associated with the catheter and short period of patient’s stay in the

hospital, as well as practicing normal life activities shortly after the

catheter.

On his turn, Dr. Al-Farqani said, “There are a number of challenges

in this catheter, such as the shortage of a specialized medical cadre

performing such catheterizations worldwide”. He added that this

service will open new prospects for the patients suffering from atrial

septal defects.

Source: Oman News Agency