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AICD, Heart Care Surgery medical articles in Singapore, Singapore

Generally, success rates with CTO using the conventional 'front' or 'antegrade' approach have been unsatisfactory, with only about a 50% success rate, and up to 70% at very good centres....

The heart centre sees up to 200 cases of heart valve replacements or repairs annually, with about 10 per cent needing a homograft. This small group of patients cannot opt for the cheaper and more available alternatives of a mechanical graft or a graft of animal origin. ...

Dr Philip Wong, a senior consultant in the department of cardiology at NHC, and director of its research and development unit, said: 'We took stem cells from 43 heart failure patients, put them in a petri dish, developed a solution that primes these cells to change into heart-like cells.' ...

MANY heart disease patients go for surgeries such as cardiac bypass operations, but these sometimes are not permanent solutions, leaving the patient with no recourse other than a heart transplant. ...

Four years ago Indonesian Tan Istanto Tanzil started experiencing difficulty in breathing and walking a distance. He was prescribed medication and advised to undergo a heart bypass. Mr. Tanzil was apprehensive of the complications that may occur. A catheter probe revealed five of Mr. Tanzil’s arteries were blocked, putting him at high risk of getting a heart attack. He got in contact with the National HeartCentre. Mr Tanzil’s daughter, Ivana, explained, “My father feels safe and more comfortable having the operation in Singapore.”...

For three months, 58 year-old Indonesian businessman Aminuddin Halim had difficulty talking. A one-month medication period did not help to ease the pain and doctors in Indonesia finally diagnosed him with paralysis of the vocal chords. A local ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist referred Mr Halim to Singapore and recommended for him to consult doctors at the ENT department of Mount Elizabeth Hospital. The family was reassured by the fact that the specialist had previously referred patients to Singapore for medical treatment. Mr Halim arrived in Singapore shortly after, with his mother, son and daughter. ...

For three years, Vietnamese Mdm Nguyen Thi Sen experienced shortness of breath and frequent coughing. When her symptoms worsened a year ago, Mdm Nguyen consulted a specialist in Ho Chi Minh City who informed her of an impending heart problem. Mdm Nguyen’s daughter, Phuong Lee, decided to send her mother overseas for treatment. She felt that her mother’s condition was worsening and prompt treatment was required. Phuong Lee’s husband suggested that Mdm Nguyen be sent to the National Heart Centre in Singapore for consultation and treatment....

Three years ago, Vietnamese Ty Dieu Tran Chau started experiencing difficulty in breathing. She could not sleep properly at night and tired and pant easily when she climbed the stairs. Visits to the doctor over the three-year period always ended up with the same diagnosis – asthma. She was given medication to relieve her symptoms but they didn’t seem to work. ...

In 2005, Indonesian Goenawan Endro suffered a heart attack. An angioplasty revealed that Mr Goenawan had very serious blockages in his arteries – total blockage on his left side and 20 to 30% on his right. His doctor advised him to go for a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG). He was informed that the National Heart Centre of Singapore (NHC) offered a comprehensive and affordable package that suited his needs. Mr Goenawan finally decided on the National Heart Centre of Singapore after strong recommendations from friends and relatives....

Nigerian Very Reverend Professor Samuel Uwhubetine Erivwo experienced occasions of breathlessness for five years before being informed of the need for a heart operation. His son, a doctor by profession, chose to send him to Singapore for surgery when it became clear that his father needed urgent attention. ...

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