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.
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.
There are a number of conditions that are treated by Dr. Kamal Al Abdi as an interventional cardiologist and they are mentioned here.
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.
We bring to you the various symptoms and signs in patients having structural or non-coronary cardiovascular conditions:
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.
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.
Here is the list of the popular procedures that Dr. Kamal Al Abdi performs::
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
In this case, the impulse is either delayed or absent.
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.
Some of the symptoms observed in patients requiring pacemaker implantation are:
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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Dr. Kamal Al Abdi
Dr Kamal Al Abdi has over 20 years of experience.
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.
Yes, Dr Abdi provides online consultation through MediGence.
It costs 160 USD for online consultation with Dr Abdi.
Dr Kamal Al Abdi is a certified doctor by the American Board in healthcare quality.
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.
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.
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.
Let us have a look at the several tests that are usually recommended prior to and during consultation for an Interventional Cardiologist:
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.
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.