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ABOUT US

Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) has partnered with highly skilled Cardiovascular Surgeons and Interventionists in Cardiovascular Diseases to deliver the most advanced and highest quality of heart care.

The Cardiovascular team of doctors, technologists and nurses know the Art and Science of caring for your heart with world-class medical expertise and state-of-the-art facilities, keeping up with the movement of technologies.

We at the CardiacCenter envision our group to become Asian CardioVascular Institute (ACVI), an advanced medical facility that offers complete cardiovascular services. Our valued clients do not need to go any further for consultation and treatment because here in AHMC, we can provide what they need.

We have the largest and most advanced Catheterization Laboratory and a Heart Station equipped with modern facilities and patient-centered staff that represent AHMC’s tagline: Global Expertise with a Filipino Heart.

The launch of the Pacemaker and Syncope Services is a milestone in the transformation of the CardiacCenter to Asian CardioVascular Institute. 

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SERVICES

Our Services:

A.         Arrhythmia Consultation
B.          ICD and Pacemaker Interrogation
C.          Tilt Table Test

A. ARRHYTHMIA CONSULTATION

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Arrhythmia Consultation is a patient evaluation and examination done by an electrophysiologist,  specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias, or abnormalities of the heart rhythm.

Consultation may be done if you have:

  • Palpitations
  • Fast and irregular heartbeats
  • Syncope (or fainting)
  • Exercise intolerance

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To receive the maximum benefit from your pacemaker and ICD, you will need regular follow-up appointments with your doctor.

Pacemaker and ICD interrogation is a process of checking the device to make sure it is working properly and the batteries are in good condition.

B. PACEMAKER OR ICD INTERROGATION

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Stored and measured information about the leads, sensors, battery , implanted pulse generator function, as well as data collected about the patient’s heart rhythm and heart rate is retrieved. The retrieved information is evaluated to determine the current programming of the device and to evaluate certain aspects of the device function, such as battery voltage, lead impedance, tachycardia detection settings, and rhythm treatment settings.

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A pacemaker is a battery operated device which uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. 

Indications:

  • If heart beats too slow or too fast.
  • If heart doesn’t beat regularly.
  • If there’s a block in the heart’s electrical pathways.

 

What is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)?

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An ICD is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that keeps track of your heart rate. Thin wires connect the ICD to your heart. If an abnormal heart rhythm is detected the device will deliver an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat if your heart is beating chaotically and much too fast.

C. TILT TABLE TEST

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A tilt table test, occasionally called upright tilt testing, is a medical procedure often used to evaluate the cause of unexplained fainting or syncope.

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The Tilt Table Test involves placing a patient on a table with a foot-support, then tilting the table upward. The tilt-table may start off in a horizontal position and be tilted by degrees to a completely vertical position. The patient’s blood pressure,pulse, and symptoms are monitored throughout the test.

 

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EVENTS

November 12, 2015

Soft Opening and Blessing of Pacemaker and Syncope Services

Pacemaker and Syncope Services was formally launched and blessed by our officiating chaplain, Rev. Fr. Alfredo Biong, OSM last November 12, 2015.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was spearheaded by Mr. Albert Henoguin, Senior Manager for CardiacCenter, and graced by the following officers: Dr. Shirard Adiviso (Director of Ancillary Services), Dr. Benjamin G. Luna Jr. (Section Head for Cardiology), Dr. Anthony B. King Jr. (Cardiac Rhythm Specialist and Section Head for Pacemaker and Syncope Services), Dr. Paul Quetua (Electrophysiologist), Dr. Juan Antonio Javellana (Director of Medical Informatics), Ms. Sharon Hernandez (Director of Human Resources), and Ms. Hennesy Miranda (Director of Corporate Affairs).

Arrhythmia Consultation, Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) and Pacemaker Interrogation are the forefront of CardiacCenter’s outpatient services under the medical expertise of Dr. Anthony B. King Jr. and his team of Electrophysiologists and Interventionists – Dr. Luigi Segundo, Dr. Paul Quetua, and Dr. Giselle Gervacio.

Arrhythmia consultation is indicated for patients with presenting symptoms like palpitations, fast and irregular heartbeats, syncope and exercise intolerance while the ICD and Pacemaker Interrogation is done to check the programming of the device and confirm that the battery and wires are functioning appropriately and for how long it will last on the body with an aid of a wand, a communicator device used by the doctor.

Adding to this is another breakthrough in non-invasive diagnostic services at the Heart Station. Patients with unexplained fainting spells (syncope) can now avail of the Tilt Table Test.

The Tilt Table Test is a medical procedure used to diagnose syncope. Patients with symptoms of dizziness or lightheadedness with or without loss of consciousness are good candidates for this. The patient is strapped to a tilt table lying flat then tilted completely to an angle of 80 degrees to provoke the symptoms. The Staff Nurse will be recording his heart rhythm (ECG), heart rate, blood pressure and symptoms every minute. The procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour.

If you have inquiries on the procedural services and cost, you may call these numbers at (02) 771-9000 local 5748 or direct line at (02) 876-5748. Heart Station is located in the 4th floor, LifestyleMedicineCenter, Tower 1.