New heart facility opens at Tygerberg Hospital - a first for Africa

In South Africa more than 50 000 patients annually require advanced cardiac care through procedures such as stent insertions and coronary angiography* monitoring.

Because many don’t have access to such facilities, they are effectively denied from potentially life-saving procedures such as coronary stents.

Today sees the launch of the first radial angiography lounge in Africa, located at Tygerberg Hospital.

It will allow doctors to insert a stent via the radial artery in the arm, which is slightly less invasive than having it inserted via the artery in the groin area, so that patients can now be admitted and discharged on the same day, which will increase patient safety and comfort, as well as the capacity of the unit to treat patients with coronary artery disease.

While the procedure itself will still be performed in an operating theatre, the patient can then be moved to the new unit and be monitored while performing daily tasks such as working on laptops, before being discharged at the end of the day.

Step-by-step explanation of a coronary stent
  • A coronary angiography is a test that uses dye and special x rays to show the insides of your coronary arteries. This helps doctors see blockages in the arteries.

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