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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 ― The National Heart Institute (IJN) has revealed a new breakthrough method to treat heart patients with severe atherosclerosis.

The procedure, called intravascular lithotripsy (IVL), makes use of sonic waves to break down hard calcified plaque accumulated in the arteries.

IJN said in a statement that the procedure was performed by its doctors yesterday, marking it the first IVL treatment in the country.

IJN senior consultant cardiologist Datuk Dr Amin Ariff Nuruddin said the new procedure was safer than using angioplasty although it may not be useful in severe cases where the plaque has hardened and become calcified.

“When the plaque has hardened to that extent, patients may have to undergo an invasive surgical procedure to treat the condition.

“In that case doctors have to surgically remove the plaque or even perform a graft bypass to ensure good blood flow,” said Dr Amin Ariff.

He also noted that IVL offers us a minimally-invasive treatment option that lessens the risks of surgery for these patients.

Similar to angioplasty, IVL utilises a catheter with a balloon attached.

The difference is the balloon generates sonic pressure waves to break the plaque, instead of just physically pushing it away which may not be possible in the hard calcified plaque.

This will allow blood vessel lumen expansion and optimise stent deployment at the narrowed vessel area.

Dr Amin Ariff said beside the ease of use of the device, it also reduces the trauma to the tissue, as it selectively pinpoints the blockage.

“This in turn minimises the risk of the patient developing other complications following the procedure as compared to the other current debulking devices presently available.”

Atherosclerosis is a condition where cholesterol, fats, and calcium deposits form plaque in the arteries.

The accumulation of this plaque causes narrowing of arteries and limited blood flow.

When diagnosed early, atherosclerosis can be treated with lifestyle changes and medication to slow down or even reverse the build-up of plaque.

More serious blockages meanwhile, are commonly treated using angioplasty and stent placement.

This involves using a small balloon attached to a catheter, which is delivered to the site of the blockage through blood vessels.

The balloon is then inflated to expand the artery and push aside the plaque, a stent is then placed to keep the artery open for good blood flow.


Penerbangan ihsan bawa organ penderma ke IJN

December 29, 2020 | News | No Comments

KUANTAN – Unit Udara Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia (JBPM) melakukan penerbangan ihsan membawa organ dari penderma yang meninggal dunia di Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA) di sini ke Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) Kuala Lumpur pada Isnin.

Helikopter bomba jenis Agusta Aw139 dikendalikan juruterbang, Penguasa Kanan Bomba Sofian Ahmed @ Ibrahim dibantu Penolong Kanan Penguasa Bomba, Mohd Azuna Mohamed Sabri berlepas dari padang Ibu Pejabat JBPM Pahang di Indera Mahkota di sini kira-kira jam 6 petang dan dijangka tiba di Kuala Lumpur jam 7.30 petang.

Pengarah JBPM Pahang, Ir Wan Mohammad Zaidi Wan Isa berkata, empat pegawai perubatan turut berada dalam penerbangan tersebut.

Menurutnya, perkhidmatan unit udara terpaksa digunakan bagi membawa organ-organ tersebut dalam tempoh yang cepat untuk penerima yang berada di IJN.

“Penerbangan ihsan membawa organ menggunakan perkhidmatan Unit Udara Bomba bukan pertama kali di negara ini tetapi mungkin yang pertama dari Pahang,” katanya di sini pada Isnin.

Turut hadir ialah Timbalan Pengarah JBPM Pahang, Mohd Zahar Abdullah dan Pegawai Perhubungan Awam JBPM Pahang, Anuar Hassan.