Zulekha Hospital Highlights Need for Cardiology Advancements at Cardiac Excellence Conference - Touching Hearts
Increase in numbers of cardiovascular diseases over the years prompts hospital to advance treatments and treat high-risk emergencies.

Dubai, 12 November, 2019: Over 25 years Zulekha Hospital has been a pioneer in healthcare and treating multidisciplinary diseases including high-risk emergencies. The hospital hosted a cardiac conference “Touching Hearts” themed “Delivering Excellence in Cardiac Care”, with cardiology experts speaking of the latest trends in cardiology and the need for an equipped medical team to successfully manage high risk emergency situations. The conference was attended by HE Khalifa Hassan Aldrai, CEO Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services; CEO of Al Jalila Foundation Dr Abdulkareem Al Olama, Dr. Ahmed Bin Kalban - CEO of the Specialised Healthcare Services Sector, DHA; dignitaries from Dubai Health Authority, Founder and Chairperson Dr. Zulekha Daud and the management team.

The hospital’s branches in Dubai and Sharjah have been seeing an increasing trend in cardiac patient visits since the last few years. The hospital cardiology team in Dubai and Sharjah saw 19836 patients in 2016, 24362 in 2017 and 27259 in 2018. The hospital has seen highest numbers from the Asian residents between the ages of 25 to 65. The increasing number of cardiovascular diseases at an early age is matter of concern. The healthcare group has subsequently scaled up their capabilities to be able to treat high risk cardiovascular diseases in UAE.  

Co-Chairperson Zanubia Shams remarked, “Today our team of experts is successfully managing and treating very high risk emergency situations including those referred to us by other healthcare providers in UAE. We are privileged and feel responsible to save these lives and put our patrons at ease. We want to be able to provide the right critical care in the region in time and avoid the patient’s travel which at times increases the risk of the mortality in such cases.”

Adding additional capacities and infrastructure, Zulekha Hospital has successfully treated pediatric and adult cardiovascular diseases. The recent addition of their open heart center has helped save lives of many, including the needy, supported by the group’s community initiative, Nabd Al Khair.

Speaking at the conference, Dr. Fayaz Shawl, Consultant Interventional Cardiology said, “I have witnessed the cardiology advancements over the last 25 years in Zulekha Hospital and the team is scaling well with the knowledge and latest treatment capabilities. Our patrons trust and confidence in our abilities has been encouraging, so we are able to give them the best at all times.”


Sharing their experience, Farakh Habib and Kathleen spoke at the event. Farakh said, “I had a device implant earlier this year by Dr. Waleed Kadro. Am thankful that I could find a specialist right here in UAE and did not have to travel for the treatment.”

Kathleen said, “I am very happy with the outcome of the defect closing procedure done at Zulekha Hospital, Dubai. I am breathing more comfortably now and feel lot lighter while performing my daily tasks. It is important that we share these experiences with everyone so people understand there are cures and their lives can be normal.”

Parents of recently treated Elisse aged one year and eight months, Leonard and Maylin said, “We were nervous and worried about the diagnosis and procedure for Elisse, but after counseling and clear explanations of risks and benefits of procedure, we were confident to go ahead with the procedure. We are very thankful to the medical team for taking care of our child’s defect and assuring us of her healthy life ahead.”

The panel speakers including Dr. Yasser Menaissy – Consultant in Adult & Pediatric Cardiac Surgeries, Dr. Nilesh Oswal, Consultant Pediatric Cardiology, Dr. Anil Bansal, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist. Dr. Fekry El Deeb, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Helmy, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon; and Dr. Waleed Kadro Consultant Interventional Cardiologist deliberated on significance of ensuring patient safety and satisfaction with the best possible treatments and shared the spectrum of cases treated by way of device implants, pediatric and adult open heart surgeries and minimal invasive procedures done over the years. On the occasion Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) trainers of the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services team were honored for their support to “Save Hearts”, a program educating the masses on life saving CPR skills.

Additionally, Zulekha Hospital promotes various lifestyle initiatives under their community wellness program “No More Excuses” to drive healthy lifestyles and nurture healthy generations. Encouraging early detection and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, the hospital will be offering free screening for a month with an ECG and cardiology consultation at their hospitals in Dubai and Sharjah. More details can be read on https://zulekhahospitals.com/cardiaccare/

The conference was supported by media partners Channel 4, Club FM and Radio Gilli spreading the awareness on early management of cardiovascular diseases.

About Zulekha Healthcare Group www.zulekhahospitals.com

Zulekha Healthcare Group is a Superbrand and among the forerunners in UAE healthcare. Today the Zulekha Healthcare Group includes two multidisciplinary hospitals in Dubai and Sharjah, as well as four UAE medical centres and three pharmacies providing specialised treatments in over 30 disciplines. The group also has a multidisciplinary hospital in India - Alexis. Zulekha Hospital has received extensive recognition for its commitment towards quality care and sustainable business practices, and recently received the prestigious Dubai Quality Award for the second time in four years, underling a commitment to providing high quality healthcare to patients and society.

Media Contact:
Sameena Khanam - Senior Manager PR and Communications
Zulekha Hospitals:  +971 6 5069254 (skhanam@zulekhahospitals.com)


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