1st Angiogram Procedure at KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital
KOTA KINABALU, 28 January 2014 - Getting a successful angiography in Sabah has become easy at the new KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital, formerly known as Sabah Medical Centre. With the hospital's latest state-of-the-art coronary imaging equipment offered in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, this facility uses a special X-ray to magnify human body's blood vessels.
KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital has started providing coronary angiogram and stenting procedure conducted by its resident consultant cardiologist, Dr Rowland Chin via the radial approach which inserts the stent via a small incision above the right wrist. This hand approach is relatively pain free and allows faster discharge instead of 6 hours bed rest. Dr Rowland Chin completed his basic medical degree at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 1998. He subsequently completed his post grade specialist degree MRCP (UK)in 2004. Dr Rowland then underwent his cardiology training at Sarawak General Hospital and Melbourne Monash Medical Centre before he returned to Kota Kinabalu in 2009.
The patients who underwent the procedure was a young male from Sandakan who had recently complaint of chest discomfort since three weeks ago. His ECG and echocardiogram had abnormal changes and he had his procedure the following day after he was seen in the clinic. A cardiac catheterization was first performed to identify the exact site of the narrowing in the coronary artery before stenting. In this case, his coronary angiogram showed a critical 90 per cent narrowing in one of his main heart vessel. This was due to the build-up of cholesterol on the inner walls of the arteries. Balloon angioplasty was performed to first dilate the narrowing followed by implantation of a 3mm coronary stent. The stent was to provide scaffolding and to maintain vessel patency. The procedure was slightly more than half an hour and the patient was discharged the next day the next day after observation overnight.
The angiogram team also consists of 6 experienced support staff consisted of scrub nurses, circulating nurse, radiographers and in addition, a senior cardiac technician who monitors the hemodynamic during the procedure.
It was the first angiogram procedure that took place in the hospital's cardiac catheterization lab after the relocation of the hospital into its new building in January. This provides an alternative to the long waiting list in government hospital for angiogram procedures in Sabah. KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital is eager to offer quality care not only in coronary angiogram and interventional procedure but also in all provided services in the hospital.