The Pulse: Healthymagination Helps Heal Hearts in Pakistan

The Pulse: Healthymagination Helps Heal Hearts in Pakistan

March 25, 2015 at 01:03pm

According to data from the World Health Organization, Pakistan has one of the highest mortality rates from heart disease in the world. Cardiovascular disease is also the leading cause of death in the country. So when hospitals in Pakistan use advanced diagnosis and treatment equipment in the struggle against cardiovascular disease, they are going a long way toward helping bring those figures down.

The privately owned, state-of-the-art Bahria Town Hospital Lahore is one of those hospitals. It operates a GE Optima CT660 computed tomography (CT) scanner to help cardiologists and other healthcare specialists address the pressing heart disease situation in Pakistan among its patients, nearly 80% of whom are treated for free.

The Optima CT660 is ideal for this setting because it is GE healthymagination-certified. That means this CT scanner is part of GE’s portfolio of products developed to deliver advanced healthcare innovations at a lower cost, thereby helping communities achieve both increased access to healthcare and access to care that is of higher quality.

Not only does the Optima CT660 benefit patients by minimizing dose while delivering diagnostic image quality, it also reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 60% compared to previous-generation equipment. For Bahria Town Hospital Lahore, the results include better imaging for improved care and lower electricity and operating costs, allowing the hospital to maximize the care it offers with its available resources.

GE has invested more than $4.2 billion since it launched healthymagination in 2009 and has developed 100 healthymagination-certified healthcare innovations that have touched more than 1.5 billion lives around the world. The Optima CT660 is just one of a number of healthymagination healthcare products that are helping to detect and fight heart disease in Pakistan.

Healthcare is just one of many areas — alongside transportation, power, energy and human-capital building — where GE is working with partners in Pakistan to take on the country’s toughest challenges and achieve its most ambitious goals.

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