NICVD sets up another chest pain unit in city

KARACHI: Executive Director, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Prof Nadeem Qamar on Wednesday inaugurated the 6th chest pain unit near I.I. Chundrigar, Karachi, to facilitate patients with chest pain and other cardiac emergencies.

The unit was established in collaboration with the Sindh Government and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) at Railway road, opposite the Miskeen Gali near I.I. Chundrigar Road.

Prof Nadeem Qamar said after units at Gulshan Chowrangi Flyover, Gulbai Flyover, Malir Halt Flyover, Qayumabad Chowrangi Flyover, Nagan Chowrangi Flyover, NICVD has proudly started its one more chest pain unit at Railway Road to provide state-of-the-art cardiac treatment to citizens.

He informed that that since establishment of this facility about 20,541 patients have visited our chest pain units including 9,297 cardiac patients, who have been managed in emergency. Furthermore 1,247 lives suffering from active heart attack were saved during from in May 2017 to December 2017. He said this service is one of its kinds and is available for 24/7 throughout the year.

He said that these units are functionally designed for providing state-of-the-art initial emergency care to heart attack patients and teams of all these units are diligently working to save lives round the clock. He further added that very soon more Chest Pain Units will be functional at different localities of Karachi metropolis and in interior Sindh as well. He thanked the Government of Sindh and KMC for providing endless support to make this possible.

The Chest Pain Units are well-equipped facilities and have the appropriate diagnostic testing available to identify patients with an acute heart attack and is also equipped to resuscitate patients who become unstable. CPUs are functionally design for providing preliminary emergency care to heart attack patients. After providing initial treatment, the patient will be shifted immediately to the tertiary care setup at NICVD Cath Lab.