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Karachi’s medical facilities have improved significantly and especially for paediatric facilities. Pakistan’s medical scene has been average for a long time and now it’s heart-warming to see how the authorities have improved.

NICVD’s Latest Development

NICVD – the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases – has started Pakistan’s first Paediatric Cardiac Electrophysiology Programme. An eight-year-old boy successfully underwent the procedure. The child was a resident of Sukkur and had unstable heart attacks.

He was having repeated attacks of fast heart rates going up to 200 beats per minute. 

About The Programme

This is a huge development in the medical provisions of Lahore. NICVD Executive Director Prof Nadeem Qamar said, “This is the first time that an EP study and ablation procedure has been performed on such a young child in Pakistan.” The initiation was done by Dr Mohammad Mohsin who is trained in paediatric cardiology. 

Dr. Mohsin is an esteemed doctor who followed two years of training at the University of Alberta in Canada. He has also especially been hired by the NICVD to start the first paediatric cardiac electrophysiology programme in Pakistan”. The NICVD director also called the programme “a great achievement” for the country. He also said NICVD has for sure become one of the best tertiary cardiac care hospitals in the world.

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More About The Procedure

Dr. Mohsin added, “Heart problems in which the heart beats too fast or too slow are not uncommon in children.” However, these can be cured. Dr. Mohsin believes specialised doctors can cure this through a complex procedure called electrophysiology study and ablation. Until now, it could not be treated in Pakistan. Now that there is a paediatric electrophysiologist in Pakistan, these children have hope.

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However, this is not a one-man job. Dr. Mohsin believes that these complex procedures require dedicated teamwork. Cardiologists, paediatric cardiologists, technologists, anaesthetists and electrophysiology physicians, all work together. The head of cardiac electrophysiology at the NICVD, Dr Azam Shafquat, told me how NICVD has improved. Previously, the institute could only treat adult patients with catheter-based treatments. 

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