The Pulse: Pakistani Partnerships to Combat Heart Disease
In Pakistan, as in many other countries, cardiovascular disease — also known as heart disease — is the leading cause of mortality among non-communicable diseases.
To address this, many leading Pakistani government and private hospitals are conducting research and expanding treatment capabilities to help bring these numbers down. Among these institutions is the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad. Unquestionably among the most important medical facilities in the country, PIMS provides tertiary care in more than 20 surgical and medical specialties, including heart disease, and is also a leading teaching hospital and medical research center.
GE Healthcare has partnered with a number of leading Pakistani hospitals to combat heart disease, including PIMS. The cooperation between GE Healthcare and PIMS began in the early 1990s when the first catheterization lab at PIMS was equipped with GE’s diagnostic imaging equipment. More recently, the department installed GE’s Innova IGS 520 in September 2014. This floor-mounted, image-guided system for cardiovascular procedures, offers higher image quality at much lower doses, thus benefiting both patients and operators.
Because it takes a combination of advanced equipment and skilled professionals to address a healthcare challenge such as heart disease, GE Healthcare is also helping build skills and capabilities among Pakistani technicians, doctors and other healthcare providers working in hospital, clinic and other settings, through training on advanced systems applications.