All news 15.09.2017

The Cardiovascular Center has started a program on surgical treatment of pulmonary hypertension


In a collaboration with Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, UK, patients in Bulgaria and the region will have the opportunity to be treated at the only similar center in Eastern Europe

Acibadem City Clinic Cardiovascular Center has established the foundations of structuring a center of surgical treatment of pulmonary hypertension – this is the first of its kind facility in Eastern Europe. Physicians from the Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, the UK paid a visit to Acibadem City Clinic Cardiovascular Center – they shared a presentation, and were acquainted with the possibilities offered at the Cardiovascular Center. With the active cooperation of Dr. Tsanko Galabov, Head of the Cardiac Surgery Dept., and Dr. George Ignatov, as well as consultations by the international experts, the establishment of this center shall offer treatment to patients with pulmonary hypertension. Currently, the closest location they can get treatment is in Vienna, Austria.

The presentation on the possibilities of surgical treatment of one of the most severe cardiology diseases was made by Dr. Choo Yen Ng, one of the 4 Cardiac Surgery specialists participating in the National UK program of treatment using pulmonary endarterectomy. Dr. Ng is a specialist with a long-term experience in Cardiac Surgery, specialized in the large university hospital of the UK, as well as in Harvard, the USA. He is interested in the surgery of the aorta, high-risk cardiac surgeries of adult patients, and pulmonary endarterectomy.

Dr. Kamen Valchanov, cardiac surgery anesthesiologist, was among the team of specialists who visited Acibadem City Clinic Cardiovascular Center. He has been living and working for many years in the UK, and he is a member of the anesthesiology team upon performing the rare surgical intervention. Dr. Valchanov is a graduate of and has specialized in prestigious universities of the UK. He is interested in the area of anesthesiology in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), treatments of chronic and acute pain and anesthesia in perioperative complications.

Surgeries of patients with pulmonary hypertension are performed in very few places worldwide. The technique is very complicated yet very successful and of low risk. The Papworth Hospital is one of the five largest centers in the world specialized in performing it. Bulgaria – on behalf of Acibadem City Clinic Cardiovascular Center has the chance of becoming the only country in Eastern Europe offering this treatment to patients with pulmonary hypertension. The first surgery of this type shall be carried out by the end of September.