Coupled with high technology, our team of dedicated Cardiologists, Cardiac Technicians and Nurses provide a wealth of experience and expertise second to none. We have a busy but well-run service that provides out-patient care and investigative tests on the heart including:
- Exercise Stress Tests
- Exercise/DobutamineStress Echo
- 2D Echocardiography
- Rhythm monitoring devices
- Permanent Pacemaker checks
DEMC is also renowned for providing expert care in Coronary imaging and treatment, including:
- Coronary Angiography
- Coronary Angioplasty with Stenting
- Infarct Angioplasty
- Permanent Pacemaker implantation
We also have a strong Cardiac surgical team comprising two Cardiothoracic Surgeons, a Cardiac Anaesthetist and the OT team providing expert surgical management. They provide treatment for:
- Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
- Valve Replacement/Repair Surgery
- Atrial/Ventricular Septal Defect Closure Surgery
“The Artis Q with PURE® is a visionary breakthrough in X-ray generation and detection that takes performance and precision to the next level. Artis Q with PURE® offers unparalleled performance for high contrast resolution at any angle and any patient size while the high-dynamic range detector enables enhanced image quality in advanced 3D imaging. In the fight against the most threatening disease such as coronary artery disease, Artis Q with PURE® delivers innovative applications offering precision for enhanced guidance during interventional procedures in cardiology.”
Intervention Procedure (PCI)
Other Procedure Angiogram
Future (Cerebral Angiogram)
Cardiovascular diseases remain a major cause of premature death in Malaysia and its prevalence is still on the rise. Take the time to get your heart checked, especially if you have symptoms like chest pain or undue breathlessness. Our cardiac team is committed to providing the best care to ensure that your experience here is a pleasant one, and that you receive the best standard of care for your health at our Heart Centre.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most common type of heart disease and cause of heart attacks. The disease is caused by plaque building up along the inner walls of the arteries of the heart, which narrows the lumen of arteries and reduces blood flow to the heart. While the symptoms and signs of CAD are noted in the advanced state of disease, most individuals with CAD show no evidence of disease for decades as the disease progresses before the first onset of symptoms, often a “sudden” heart attack, finally arises.
Early detection saves lives.
- A CT (computed tomography) scan is a relatively simple, safe and completely painless examination that radiologists have performed for many years
- SOMATOM® Perspective is a 128-slice CT scanner with the ability to scan the entire heart in only 0.48 seconds
- It has one of the lowest patient radiation exposures. This allows radiation doses below 1mSv for non-invasive coronary angiography compared to 8mSv to 40mSv radiation exposure encountered with other scanners
A test used to survey all the vessels of the heart to give you an assessment of heart attack risk:
- Determine the presence and extent of atherosclerosis (plaque)
- Help determine the risk of a future heart attack
- Recommend and monitor patient treatment
- Follow the progression or regression of coronary artery disease
- Gives the probability of blockages
- Family or personal history of CAD
- Past or present smoker
- High cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure
- Inactive lifestyle
- Male over 40 years of age, female over 50 years of age
- Complete a questionnaire to ensure your safety during this procedure.
- Heart rate (HR) and Blood pressure (BP) will be taken to ensure good HR (<70bpm), BP (120/90) for the procedure.
- Medication (beta-blocker) will be given if necessary.
- Before the procedure, a staff nurse will insert an intravenous (IV) catheter into a vein, usually in your arm or hand.
- The radiographer begins by positioning you on the CT examination table, usually lying flat on your back and breathing instruction will be practice.
- An automatic injection pump connected to the IV line will give contrast material at a controlled rate.
- During scanning, the table will move relatively rapidly through the opening of the machine as the actual CT scanning is performed.
- During CT angiography of the coronary arteries or aorta in the chest, electrocardiogram (ECG) leads will be placed on your chest to record heart rhythm during scanning. Depending upon how fast and regular your heart beats, your heart rate may be temporarily slowed down for the duration of the exam with medication to obtain motion free images of the heart.
- Hold your breath during the scanning (for 20sec). Any motion, whether breathing or body movements, can lead to artefacts on the images.
- When the examination is completed, Radiographer verifies that the images are of high enough quality for accurate interpretation by the Cardiologist.
- The entire CT angiography exam takes 20 minutes.