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Sidra transmits live leading cardiac procedures at PICS-AICS in the USA

Sidra transmits live leading cardiac 
procedures at PICS-AICS in the USA

Tribune News Network
SIDRA Medicine transmitted live via broadband WiFi, interventional cardiac procedures from its cardiac catheterisation laboratories in Qatar to a delegation of over 800 healthcare professionals at the 22nd Annual Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium (PICS-AICS) in San Diego in the United States.
PICS-AICS is one of the largest cardiac symposiums dedicated to the latest breakthroughs in the treatment of patients with congenital and structural heart diseases. Prof Ziyad M Hijazi is the chairman of PICS-AICS, and also executive chair of Medicine and the medical director of the world-class Heart Center at Sidra Medicine.
This year’s PICS-AICS symposium took place in San Diego recently focusing on quality and outcomes. In addition to presentations and abstracts, the symposium aired taped and live cases evaluating congenital and structural heart diseases as well as interventions, such as minimally invasive hybrid ventricular septal defect closure, lymphatic interventions and ductal stenting.
Prof Hijazi said: “The goal of establishing PICS-AICS is to educate doctors and nurses about the latest scientific and technological advances in the field of congenital and structural cardiac defects. It gives me great pride that for the second year running, our team at Sidra Medicine transmitted two live cases from Qatar, to the delegates in the USA. We were among only 11 centres chosen worldwide to feature live case demonstrations. It was a fantastic opportunity to highlight our cutting-edge techniques and highly skilled teams. For a main hospital that has only been operational for a year and a half, it also showcases our advances in the field of interventional cardiology.”
“PICS-AICS also continues to extend its philosophy of developing congenital and structural catheterisation throughout the world. It works very closely with the United States Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies in Europe and Asia to help bring novel technologies for children and adults with congenital heart disease”, concluded Prof. Hijazi.
A team led by Dr YounesBoudjemline, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Sidra Medicine’s Heart Center, conducted the live interventional cardiac procedures in Qatar. The two patients a child and an adult, were born with congenital heart defects.
Both patients, had a narrow aorta (coarctation) leading to high blood pressure. Dr Boudjemline’s and his team used a minimally invasive technique on the patients, to successfully address the narrowing with the use of balloon angioplasty and stent technique.
Dr Boudjemline said: “Both the live cases were successful and the patients have been discharged. The cases also put the spotlight on Qatar’s investment in the teams and technologies that are transforming healthcare for the people of Qatar as well as our international patients.”