Dr. Kamal Al Abdi

   NMC Royal Hospital, Khalifa City , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  20 Years of experience

BIOGRAPHY

Qualification and Experience

Dr Kamal Al Abdi is an interventional cardiologist with over 20 years of experience. He is currently working at the NMC Royal Hospital, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Dr Kamal obtained his medical degree from the University of Vienna, Austria and did his Post-Graduation in Internal Medicine and interventional Cardiology gaining profound training. He specialises in procedures such as coronary artery disease, performing of left and right heart catheterization, coronary angiography and angioplasty with/without stent implantation. Dr Kamal has under his belt an American Board registration as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.

Contribution to Medical Science

Dr Kamal Al Abdi has been working with cardiac patients for many years and has covered the entire spectrum of cardiovascular diseases. He has also served as the Head of the Cardiology Department at the Al Ain Hospital, from August 2010 to September 2015. He has also helped and himself organised many CME programs along with taught and attended many international conferences. He can fluently speak Arabic, English and German.

Conditions treated by Dr Kamal Al Abdi

There are a number of conditions that are treated by Dr. Kamal Al Abdi as an interventional cardiologist and they are mentioned here.

  • Angina
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Bradycardia
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Blocked Arteries
  • Tachycardia

A healthy and long life for a person with structural heart conditions can not happen without interventional procedures. These conditions can be easily resolved with the help of modern technology and world class equipments to assist the doctor. The right solution to these conditions must be followed up with the quality post procedural care as a sign of a patient focused approach.

Signs to look for before visiting Dr Kamal Al Abdi

We bring to you the various symptoms and signs in patients having structural or non-coronary cardiovascular conditions:

  • Dizziness
  • Chest Pain
  • Shortness of breathe
  • Palpitations
  • High Blood Pressure

The most common symptoms seen in people with such heart conditions are chest pain and fatigue. It is important for you to monitor your blood pressure regularly and incase it is high for long periods of time then it could be because of a structural issue. Further, if not treated in time structural heart conditions can start affecting the kidney and even lead to kidney dysfunction.

Operating Hours of Dr Kamal Al Abdi

The doctor's operating hours are 6 days a week, 10 am to 7 pm. The doctor is known for quick treatment timeframe as he/she is skillful and efficient.

Popular Prcedures Performed by Dr Kamal Al Abdi

Here is the list of the popular procedures that Dr. Kamal Al Abdi performs::

  • Angiography (Including Non-Ionic Contrast)
  • Angioplasty
  • Pacemaker Implantation Surgery
  • EPS & RFA

For a long time now, interventional cardiologists have used techniques such as placement of stent, angioplasty and atherectomy to open blocked arteries. In order to resolve the issue of abnormal heart rhythms another very common procedure that is performed is the insertion of the pacemaker and defibrillator.

Past Experience

  • NMC Royal Family Medical Centre, Abu Dhabi
  • NMC Royal Hospital, Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi.
  • HOD Cardiology, Al Ain Hospital

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Post-Graduation in Internal Medicine
  • Training Interventional Cardiology
CERTIFICATIONS (1)
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, American Board registration
Procedures
Angiography (Including Non-Ionic Contrast)

Most physicians advise their patients to undergo the angiogram procedure (also known as angiography and arteriogram) when certain symptoms such as a heart attack or chest pain become a source of worry. A stress test is performed on patients who report chest pain, which is then followed by an angiogram test.

Angiography procedure aims at testing the blockages in the coronary arteries apart from any other cardiovascular-related ailments. Angiography and angiogram procedure can both locate narrowing arteries or blockages that may exist in different parts of the body.

Angiography is recommended for patients with coronary heart diseases (CHD), which can cause the heartbeat to stop suddenly and abruptly. The patient may also suffer from severe chest pain. Angiography can also be performed on patients on an emergency basis when they experience a heart attack. If the blockage is not treated immediately, then healthy tissues around the heart start perishing and turn into scar tissue. It can give rise to several long-lasting problems. Angiography may also be required in the case of a patient with aortic stenosis or those who have had an abnormal heart stress test.

Angioplasty

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the most common heart diseases reported across the world. It results due to blood clot formation and plaque accumulation in the major blood vessels of the heart.

Balloon angioplasty is the most common endovascular procedure (procedure performed inside the blood vessel) carried out to treat coronary artery disease. In this procedure, the blood clots in the major arteries of the heart are detected and cleared by inserting a catheter into an artery of the hand (radial artery) or leg (femoral artery). This catheter consists of a balloon at its tip, which dislodges the clot to the periphery of the blood vessel after inflation.

Angioplasty may or may not be followed by coronary stent placement, depending on the angiography findings. This procedure is performed in patients with fewer blood clots in the vessels and those who do not respond to medications. It may also be carried out as an emergency procedure to treat a heart attack.

Signs and symptoms of plaque deposits in the heart

  • Fatigue and dizziness due to insufficient blood supply to the tissues and overall decreased efficacy of the heart
  • Shortness of breath to compensate for inadequate pumping of the blood
  • Compromised blood flow to the heart resulting in heart attack, characterized by pain in the chest, lower jaw, and left arm
EPS & RFA

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a surgical procedure in which heat generated from medium frequency alternating current is used to ablate a tumour, a part of the electrical conduction system of the heart, or any other dysfunctional areas. The ablation therapy requires local anaesthesia and is done in an outpatient setting.

RFA is a popular treatment for the correction of any abnormality in the electrical system of the heart, which is confirmed during electrophysiology studies (EPS). During this test, the electrophysiology of heart is studied and any abnormalities are noted. The procedure used to correct the identified abnormalities associated with electrophysiology of heart is known as the cardiac ablation procedure.

Pacemaker Implantation Surgery

How does a Pacemaker Implant work?

Pacemaker implantation is a common surgery and it significantly improves the quality of life led by the patient.  The blood-pumping organ, heart, is essentially made of a few groups of muscles. These muscles are controlled by electrical signals to ensure that the heart beats naturally and effectively to circulate blood to all parts of the body. When this electrical signal gets disrupted due to some reason, then an individual may experience tachycardia (where hear beats abnormally slow), heart block, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), or a cardiac arrest (abrupt and sudden stopping of the heartbeat).

The contractions happen as a result of triggered electrical pulses generated by sinoatrial node or the SA node. It acts like a pacemaker of the heart. This electrical pulse is then sent to the atrioventricular node or the AV node for relaying the pulse to the ventricles. Pacemaker implantation is suggested when this electrical signaling network is disrupted.The faulty functioning of the natural pacemaker of the heart may lead to the following:

Sick sinus syndrome: It is characterized by a slow heartbeat (bradycardia) or fast heartbeat (tachycardia) or a combination of both. It can happen due to age, a previous history heart attack, and thyroid problem, too much of potassium accumulation in blood, heart surgery, or sleep apnea.

Heart Block

In this case, the impulse is either delayed or absent.

Cardiac arrest

The heart can stop beating. It may result because of the presence of coronary artery disease and muscle problems in the heart, which can happen after the age of 35.

Symptoms

Some of the symptoms observed in patients requiring pacemaker implantation are:

  • Bradycardia
  • Tachycardia
  • Uncontrollable fatigue
  • Dizziness experienced throughout the day
  • Shortness of breath
  • Acute chest pain
  • Palpitation and fluttering of the heart (arrhythmia)

What is a pacemaker implant?

A pacemaker implant is a small device that weighs around 20 g to 50 g and is the size of a matchbox. It has a pulse generator with a battery, a tiny computer circuit and a few wires called pacing leads. This system is attached to the heart and it emits signals through the wires. The pacing rate or the rate of electrical impulses can be adjusted as per the requirement of the body and be accordingly programmed. It can sense if a heartbeat is missed or if the heart is beating too slow. Accordingly, it starts sending a steady signal to normalize the beating of the heart. If the beats are normal, then it simply does not send any signal.

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Frequently Asked Questions
How many years of experience does Dr Kamal Al Abdi have being a cardiologist in the United Arab Emirates?

Dr Kamal Al Abdi has over 20 years of experience.

What are the primary treatments and surgeries does Dr Kamal Al Abdi as a cardiologist?

Dr Kamal specialises in procedures such as coronary artery disease, performing of left and right heart catheterization, coronary angiography and angioplasty with/without stent implantation.

Does Dr Kamal Al Abdi provide Online Consultation?

Yes, Dr Abdi provides online consultation through MediGence.

How much does it cost to consult online with Dr Kamal Al Abdi?

It costs 160 USD for online consultation with Dr Abdi.

What associations is Dr Kamal Al Abdi part of?

Dr Kamal Al Abdi is a certified doctor by the American Board in healthcare quality.

When do you need to see a cardiologist such as Dr Kamal Al Abdi?

You or a loved one might need cardiac surgery for a variety of reasons: Some people have injuries or accidents that damage the chest area. Some have a growth or disease such as cancer. Others are born with conditions that require surgery to improve how their body works or quality of life. All major ailments of the heart are cured by cardiac surgeons such as Dr Kamal Al Abdi.

How to connect with Dr Kamal Al Abdi for Online Consultation through MediGence?

He can be easily consulted by registering your profile with MediGence and writing down your enquiry. A meeting with the surgeon will be scheduled. Following which the consultation can be done.

What area of specialization does Dr. Kamal Al Abdi have?
Dr. Kamal Al Abdi is specialized in United Arab Emirates and of the most sought after doctors in Heart Specialist.
Does Dr. Kamal Al Abdi offer Telemedicine Consultation through Medigence?
No, this doctor dose not offer telemedicine via MediGence
How many years of experience does Dr. Kamal Al Abdi have?
Dr. Kamal Al Abdi is one of the most sought after specialists in United Arab Emirates and has over 20 Years years of experience.
FAQ's Related to Interventional Cardiologist
What does a Interventional Cardiologist do?

Diagnostic and screening tests are prescribed or performed by interventional cardiologists to find the right solution for your heart condition. The numerous procedures performed by the interventional cardiologists ensure that the structural and cardiovascular heart issues are resolved. The doctors are also the go to specialist in case of cardiac emergencies such as a heart attack. You must consult the doctor at once if you are faced with a heart condition otherwise situation may deteriorate further.

What are the tests required before and during consultation for Interventional Cardiologist?

Let us have a look at the several tests that are usually recommended prior to and during consultation for an Interventional Cardiologist:

  • Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI)
  • Exercise Stress
  • Cardiac Computed Tomography
  • Echocardiogram

The tests tie in with the treatment plan which can be decided upon basis your discussion with the doctor. If you wish to know how healthy your heart and blood vessels are it makes sense to get them done.

When should you go to see a Interventional Cardiologist?

Eating well, exercising regularly and a balanced lifestyle, no smoking or drinking ensures a healthy heart. Interventional cardiology techniques can help resolve the structural defects in your heart or cardiovascular issues if any. When heart issues are treated with catheter based procedures which do not involve surgery, then such procedures are done by Interventional cardiologists. This specialty of doctor can also be consulted if your visit to a cardiologist does give you the solution and additional work needs to be done.

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