Pakistani doctors perform first-ever heart catheter procedure on 8-year-old patient

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KARACHI – The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), Pakistan’s leading heart hospital based in Karachi, has achieved another milestone by successfully launching country’s first paediatric cardiac electrophysiology programme.

A successful first-ever surgery performed an eight-year-old boy by a team of Pakistani doctors marked the launch to the medical procedure.

The hospital announced the pleased development on Twitter, stating: “NICVD started ‘The First Paediatric Cardiac Electrophysiology Program’ in Pakistan!”

“First Time in the Country, EP Study & Ablation Procedure Performed on 8 year child successfully,” it added.

The young cardiac patient from Sukkur had repeated attacks of fast heart beat rates of up to 200 beats per minute. After the procedure, he is able to spend a normal life. The treatment was carried out using catheters free of charge.

Dr Mohammad Mohsin, who have received training in paediatric cardiology and followed it with two years of training at the University of Alberta in Canada, led the procedure, starting the country’s first cardiac electrophysiology programme.

In a video shared on Twitter, NICVD Executive Director Prof Nadeem Qamar termed the programme a major achievement, adding that the medical facility had become one of the best tertiary cardiac care hospitals in the world.

Talking about the successful procedure, Dr Muhammad Mohsin, an assistant professor of paediatric cardiac electrophysiology, said that the problems related to heart beats are not rare in children,

He said that the complicated procedure can only be conducted by highly expert doctors.

Dr Azam Shafquat said that NICVD was previously conducting the procedure on adult patients and now it has been expanded to children.

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