Kyrgyz Surgeons Performed Unique Heart Surgery in One Minute

The National Centre of Cardiology and Therapy in Bishkek has announced its implementation of an Emergency Cardiology program to provide emergency care to patients with acute myocardial infarction.

The authorities’ purchase of new heart surgery equipment including a machine to create ultra-precise 3D reconstructions of the heart on a monitor and the importation of U.S.-made Azurion-7 devices for diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases was made possible by the allocation of $1.5 million from the World Bank. In his address at the presentation ceremony, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Akylbek Zhaparov welcomed the much needed acquisition of the state -of -the- art, high-tech equipment which will greatly reduce the number of patients dying from heart disease each year.

Today, the centre reported that with the aid of new high-tech X-ray surgical equipment and Chinese colleagues’ specialised knowledge of its intricacies, doctors performed a successful heart operation in a record time of just one minute and eight seconds.

According to Kyrgyz doctors, the patient had been admitted ‘with an open oval window’; a particularly dangerous symptom of cardiovascular disease because the presence of holes between the valves of the heart can cause air to eventually enter the brain and lead to a stroke. “We are monitoring the patient’s condition and she is doing very well. She was only given a local anaesthetic and in 12 hours, can go home and slowly return to her everyday life,” stated Chinese professor Shang Xiaaoqe after the operation.

Almost half the patients attending the National Centre of Cardiology for strokes suffer from this type of disease but thanks to the new equipment and adoption of methods used by Chinese medics, its treatment will no longer pose a problem for Kyrgyz doctors.

In addition to advice from their Chinese counterparts, Kyrgyz medics have arranged visits from Russian and Kazakh doctors to share their experience and best practices.

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