Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC joined the ‘Heart Walk’ organized by Sri Lanka Heart Association (SLHA), held in commemoration of the World Heart Day which falls on 29th September, and the event is conducted annually in a bid to spread awareness on the importance of healthy living among the masses.
The event was held under the patronage of Sri Lanka Heart Association amidst large number of participants including school children, employees from public and private sectors and dignitaries.
Six distinct themes were highlighted during this year’s Heart Walk, encouraging the practice of positive habits to lead a healthy lifestyle. Under the main theme ‘Share the Power’, the Heart Walk focused on the importance of sharing healthy habits while inspiring millions of people around the world to be ‘heart healthy’. A self-pledge was made to stop smoking, consume more fruits and vegetables, regularly check blood pressure, and lead an active lifestyle, the key determinants for reducing the risk of heart diseases.
People living in the contemporary times lead busy and stressful lives with minimal physical activity, and adopting unhealthy habits. As a result, an unprecedented rise in cardiovascular diseases (heart diseases) have been observed in the world, as much as of Sri Lanka. Heart diseases are caused by a number of factors such as unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse and drugs in addition to chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and coronary artery diseases. Early diagnosis and treatment for heart diseases is imperative in order to prevent disabilities and premature death.
However, when it comes to detecting symptoms for heart diseases with precision, only a handful of hospitals in the country can facilitate such modern technology. Due to the lack of infrastructure and resources for conducting sophisticated tests, patients suspected or already suffering from heart ailments are compelled to remain in a long waiting list to undergo essential diagnostic procedures.
This is why Lanka Hospitals has established a fully-fledged Heart Centre to facilitate the nation with superior quality healthcare facilities at affordable rates. With state-of-the-art equipment, the Heart Centre houses a ceiling mounted flat panel Catheterization laboratory (Cath Lab) with Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR) system to conduct heart procedures with ultimate precision.
At Lanka Hospitals, patients are not required to wait in lists to conduct heart procedures or tests. The Heart Centre at Lanka Hospitals provides a dedicated staff to serve the patients round the clock. The centre’s Cath Lab performs angiogram, angioplasties with stent placement and pacemaker implantation in addition to facilitating exercise ECG, Echo and 24 hour blood pressure and ECG monitoring.
The Heart Centre’s experienced and well trained surgical staff performs bypass surgeries, congenital heart defect corrective surgeries and valve replacement and repairs surgeries at its three dedicated theatres. The centre also nestles a dedicated 16 bedded Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU) providing exclusive post-operative care and monitoring.
The Heart Centre of Lanka Hospital stakes pride in performing the highest number of heart surgeries and Cath Lab procedures in the private sector in Sri Lanka. It has also successfully completed more than 7500 heart surgeries, and is the only private hospital specialized in conducting Paediatric heart surgeries.