(From R to L) CEO of GJPMC Dr Peter Tay, Director of Invasive Cardiology Dr Patrick Ang, Head of Electrophysiology Dr Sofian Johar and Consultant Cardiologist Dr Rajinikanth Rajagopal. Image: Wardi Wasil

Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre (GJPMC) reached another milestone as it successfully broadcasted two complex cardiac procedures live to the ASEAN Federation of Cardiology Congress (AFCC 2019) in Jakarta last week.

GJPMC transmitted live footages of the surgeries with the aim of sharing its knowledge with cardiac specialists attending the event, while also showcasing its capabilities to handle such operations.

The two surgeries include a left atrial appendage closure which was performed with the help of a device called the Watchman; and a complex angioplasty procedure which was accomplished via advanced surgery techniques.

The first procedure involved implanting a device on the upper chamber of the heart in persons with irregular heartbeats. It was performed by GJPMC’s Head of Electrophysiology Dr Sofian Johar.

The other procedure was handled by GJPMC’s Director of Invasive Cardiology Dr Patrick Ang and Consultant Cardiologist Dr Rajinikanth Rajagopal.

Being able to broadcast the procedure live to the congress is an accomplishment for Brunei as only centres deemed to have full expertise can be invited to do so.

Dr Rajagopal addressing the media at a press conference. Image: Wardi Wasil

Dr Rajagopal told the media in a press conference that Brunei, through GJPMC, is one of the only countries in the region that is capable of handling the complex procedures.

“We are fortunate that in Brunei at Gleneagles, we have access to state of the art technology, which we are able to apply, so it’s a kind of a showcasing and a sharing of expertise,” he said.

Participating hospitals this year include Jakarta’s Harapan Kita and Singapore’s General Hospital, besides GJPMC.

AFCC is an annual event that gathers cardiology specialists across ASEAN and other regions to exchange views and discuss recent advances in the cardiology fields.

The Bruneian | BRUNEI-MUARA

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