The heart is the primary organ of the circulatory system, which pumps blood to all parts of the body through the blood vessels.
The heart consists of four chambers that collaborate: the chambers on the right-hand side contain non-oxygenated blood, while the left chambers contain clean blood containing oxygen. Pericardium (which is a membrane bag) separates both the left and right chambers to prevent the mixing of oxygenated and non-oxygenated blood. The heart is located in the chest area, and because of its importance to the body, and to the survival of the human being, it is protected by the chest cavity. Its size is approximate to that of a closed fist.
Examples of cardio-vascular diseases that can be successfully treated include:
- Congestive Heart failure (Heart attack)
- Congenital heart diseases
- Acquired heart diseases
- Rheumatic fever
- Ischemic heart disease
- Peripheral vascular diseases
Different diseases can damage different parts of the heart and blood vessels. There are diseases affecting the membrane surrounding the heart, while others affect the heart muscle itself, including the internal membrane of the heart. In some patients, there is damage to the electrical transmission system of the heart.
The Heart Institute offers the most advanced services for the diagnosis and treatment of heart patients. Heart Institute units include:
ICU: The Intensive Care Unit includes patients who have had myocardial infarction or heart disease patients who are at risk of life. Its medical staff consists of medical personnel specializing in cardiology, as well as cardiology-trained nurses for the treatment of urgent heart problems.
Interventional Cardiology Unit (Catheterization): The Interventional Cardiology Unit consists of a catheter laboratory equipped with the latest digital diagnostic and treatment equipment. This unit is equipped with the most advanced catheter techniques, including balloon expansion and implantation of coated props, valve augmentation and expansion.
EPU: Electrical Physiology Unit specializes in the treatment of all types of heart arrhythmias. It deals with electrical system abnormalities that control heart activity. This unit performs procedures such as implantation of a pacemaker, treatment of electrocardiograms (EPS) and abnormal pathways. Today’s new technology yields very successful results, resulting in (in most cases) a complete cure.
Cardiothoracic Surgery: The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery offers the latest treatment for patients requiring surgical solutions. A wide range of chest operations is handled and carried out, extensive and complex operations are carried out using the most advanced technologies by a multidisciplinary team, applying modern concepts and mechanisms.
ECG and scanning units for heart analysis: A stress test exercise is performed to evaluate the heart functions during physical exertion.
24 Hour Holter (ECG): records the Cardiac function on a special device for at least 24 continuous hours during normal activity.
Cardiac Scan (CT): The CT Unit provides services based on innovative ultrasound techniques. Echocardiography tests are performed to evaluate both the structure and the shape of the cardiac muscle as well as the large cardiovascular valve and vessels. Coronary imaging depicts the heart in a reliable, relatively high-resolution image without resorting to invasive means. The procedure takes only a few minutes, after which the patient can immediately resume his daily routine.
Specialists execute a range of vascular processes, such as carotid endothelial resection, vasodilation of the aorta and peripheral arteries, passing the aorta and blood vessels of the limbs, passing the aorta and kidney arteries, passing between the aorta and arteries of the intestine and liver. We follow up on the patients in the vascular surgery department in close collaboration with Hadassah Interdisciplinary Unit. The tests are performed by the most modern methods of modern vascular surgery: diagnostic angiography, CT scans and magnetic resonance imaging.