The Cardiology Section provides complete and comprehensive care to patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases. These services include state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities, evidence-based treatment provided by highly trained physicians and quality care by experienced nurses. Cardiac services at the Hospital range from primary prevention to rehabilitation and support services for terminally ill cardiac patients.
Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
A 14-bedded Coronary Care Unit (CCU) is located at the Khimji Building where critically ill cardiac patients are admitted and provided intensive medical care.
Coronary Step-Down Unit (CSDU)
Another 11-bedded Coronary Step-Down Unit (CSDU) is designed for a selected group of cardiac patients requiring intermediate level care. A floor of the Private Wing has been designated for this purpose with telemetry units networked throughout the floor to monitor cardiac patients in all rooms.
Cardiology outpatient clinics
Cardiology outpatient clinics are located in the Nazerali-Walji building where a full-time cardiologist is available throughout the week. Heart Protection Clinic and Women Heart Clinic are offered in order to evaluate patients at risk of having a cardiac event. Cardiology clinics are also conducted by faculty members at the two off-site centres namely Clifton Medical Services and Aga Khan Secondary Hospital, Karimabad. These clinics have also commenced at the Community Health Center offering walk-in-appointments at subsidized charges.
A comprehensive range of non-invasive diagnostic services include:
- Trans-thoracic echocardiography
- Trans-esophageal echocardiography
- Stress echocardiography
- Exercise tolerance test (ETT)
- 24-hour blood pressure and ECG monitoring
- Cardiac nuclear imaging.
Some of these services are also provided at AKUH Clifton Medical Services.
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Suite
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Suite, located adjacent to CCU, is state-of-the-art digital cardiac catheterization facility, which provides diagnostic and therapeutic services to both adults and pediatric patients suffering from various cardiovascular problems. The Interventional Cardiology service is available 24 hours a day and is the only service in Pakistan providing emergent interventions to patients presenting with Acute Myocardial Infarctions. In addition, there is an advance electrophysiology service to diagnose complicated heart rhythm problems and implant sophisticated pacemakers and defibrillators. The results of coronary interventions performed at AKUH are compared quarterly to European centres and so far have been equivalent to international standards.