Nawaloka Heartcare to offer better heartcare
By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune
Colombo, 10 May, Asiantribune.com): At a cost of Rs 120 million an Allura Xper FD 10 flat panel cardiac catheterization laboratory with electro physiology facilities from Philips was installed at the Nawaloka Hospitals, a premier healthcare providers in Sri Lanka, for the use of cardiac, vascular and interventional procedures.
Prof Lal Chandrasena, Director/General Manager, Nawaloka Hospitals indicated that this unique system is designed to improve efficiency, enhance safety and optimize the workflow of both patients and staff. “It’s advanced imaging, processing and quantification tools help cardiologists to observe more details from multiple views and have a deeper understanding of the patients particular complaint, which results in better diagnosis, treatment, planning and intervention”.
The Nawaloka Heart Center was officially opened on 12th August 1994, and was the first private sector Cardiac establishment in Sri Lanka. This unit was set up in keeping with international standards under the supervision of a Cardiac Team from the United Kingdom. The cost of establishing this unit at that time was Rs. 500 million.
Since then, the Nawaloka Heart Center has grown to high levels, and is well equipped in terms of machinery and personnel to deal with all situations, including patients perceived to be high risk, have been successfully attended to at the Nawaloka Heart Centre.
The spectrum of Cardiac surgery performed at the Nawaloka Heart Centre is wide ranging, from complex congenital heart defects of babies a few days old, to acquired heart diseases of persons as old as 83 years. In fact the Surgical team which is specially trained has performed even the second bypass surgery in patients.
Among the many firsts of the Nawaloka Cardiac Center is the fact that they were the first in Sri Lanka to perform Beating Heart Surgery using “Octopus device”, to use the Radial Artery ( Artery of the Hand) and the Right Gastro-epiploeic artery( Artery of Stomach ) for Bypass operations. The Nawaloka Heart Center is also justly proud of their expert Cardiologists who performed the first Coronary Angiogram and Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty [PTCA ] of the left main coronary artery in Sri Lanka.
Over the years the hospital has performed over 12,000 Angiograms and nearly 7000 Open Heart Surgeries.
- Asian Tribune -