The recently opened Health City Cayman Islands announced this week that one of its doctors had performed a highly specialized procedure at the East End facility.
The invasive procedure, electrophysiology study, or EPS, and radiofrequency ablation, was performed on a patient from Trinidad and Tobago by Dr. Ravi Kishore, chief interventional cardiologist and electrophysiologist.
According to the hospital, this is the first time the procedure, done two weeks ago, has been carried out locally.
“An EPS is a procedure used to evaluate the electrical conduction system of the heart. Patients might be referred for an EPS because they may be experiencing abnormal electrical impulses through their heart: it may be beating too fast, slow, or irregularly,” said Dr. Kishore in a press release issued on Monday. “The aim of an electrophysiology study is to analyze the cause of the abnormal heart rhythm and guide any further treatment options,” he said.
According to the doctor, EPS is an invasive procedure where the patient is given local anaesthesia to numb the area where tubes will be inserted. Once the area is numb, the doctor inserts small tubes into the groin and arm and passes specialized electrophysiology catheters through the tubes, into specific locations in the heart.
The specialized catheters are placed so that the doctor can record specific information about the electrical conduction system of the heart through various ways of stimulation. Once the location of the abnormal heart rhythm is confirmed, radiofrequency energy is delivered to the area of the heart causing the abnormal rhythm, creating scar tissue and further preventing any further disruptions in the abnormal pathway – a permanent cure to the problem.
“We believe Health City’s ability to offer such a highly specialized procedure will be of great benefit to Cayman residents having cardiac rhythm disorders, palpitations, because they now do not need to go through the trouble and expense of going overseas for such a procedure. “Our international patients can also benefit from this new procedure, receiving treatment in a world class destination, providing a pleasurable and holistic recovery process,” said Dr. Kishore.
The hospital, part of Dr. Devi Shetty’s Narayana Health group of hospitals, opened its doors on Feb. 25 this year and specializes in heart and orthopedic surgeries.