First Cardiologist in Paphos to Insert Shockwave Balloon – St George & Blue Cross Hospitals

CARDIOLOGIST IN PAPHOS

A MEDICAL FIRST FOR PAPHOS

WITH DR CONSTANTINOS ANDREOU

PAPHOS INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY CENTRE


Cardiologist in Paphos – Two leading Paphos hospitals St. George and Blue Cross Hospitals joined forces to create a unique and comprehensive medical facility for Paphos and the surrounding areas. In this interview, Cyprus in Style Magazine catches up with Dr Constantinos Andreou, the Medical Director of the recently opened STGBC Paphos Interventional Cardiology Centre. The two leading hospitals in Paphos are continually striving to improve their medical services. In this interview, Dr Andreou tells us about the new centre and how he performed a medical first for Paphos. We also spoke to one of his patients Valerie Lamb, who recently underwent surgery at the Interventional Cardiology Centre in Paphos.

“My medical patient, Valerie Lamb, was referred to me through the GESY scheme from another cardiologist in Paphos. She had some calcification and thinning which required a special shock wave balloon (4mm) to be inserted in the right artery of her heart. This is only the third time that this procedure has been performed in Cyprus and the very first time in Paphos.” Dr Andreou explained.


THE PATIENT…

HOW DID YOU KNOW YOU HAD A PROBLEM WITH YOUR HEART?

I have been on high blood pressure tablets for sixteen years and have always been looked after very well by my cardiologist at the General Hospital. Due to some light chest pains which I never had before, she referred me to the specialist Cardiology Centre at the Blue Cross Hospital. Dr Andreou found that I had calcification and thinning in my right artery.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT BLUE CROSS HOSPITAL?

After a first attempt to insert the balloon it was decided that I would need a specialist shockwave balloon. I returned to the hospital to have the procedure. As this was shortly after the Lockdown, I was very reassured to see that the PPE being used at the hospital was extensive. They took every precaution. I stayed in for two nights and cannot speak highly enough of all the medical staff at Blue Cross Hospital. They looked after me very well and reassured me throughout the procedure. I realise that I was fortunate to have this operation in Paphos at the new cardiology centre as if it had been before last November, I would have had to travel to Limassol. I am very grateful to Dr Andreou and all the staff at this excellent medical facility in Paphos. The wonderful thing about Blue Cross Hospital is that it is not a huge hospital and you do not feel overwhelmed.


THE MEDICAL SPECIALIST…

Dr Constantinos Andreou was born and raised in Paphos. He comes from a medical family and his father is also a cardiologist. He studied and did his residency at the University of Thrace in Alexandroupolis in Greece. He then went on to study and work at the University of Athens and Holland before returning to Cyprus and working at Limassol General Hospital in the interventional cardiology department. He is now the Medical Director of the Paphos Interventional Cardiology Centre at the Blue Cross Hospital in Paphos.

WHAT IS THE STGBC PAPHOS INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY CENTRE?

In short, the centre is a Cath Lab which is a facility with diagnostic imaging equipment that can see all the arteries and chambers of the heart. It can treat any stenosis or abnormality. It is to treat patients with acute cardio problems such as a heart attack or dangerous rhythms as soon as possible. Before the centre opened, this facility had not been available to the people of Paphos as the nearest clinic was in Limassol. The European and American medical guidelines always recommend that in the event of a severe heart issue, a patient should be treated within one hour. Depending on location in Paphos, this was not always possible. After a one-million-euro investment and two years planning, the centre was opened in November 2019 at the Blue Cross Hospital by the Minister of Health, Mr Constantinos Ioannou. The Ministry of Health has promised we will have the full support of the government and that our future aim is the co-operation between government hospitals and the private sector – for the better health of whoever is in need of such treatment.

WHAT MEDICAL PROCEDURES DOES THE CENTRE OFFER?

Our centre can offer primary and scheduled PCIs (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention). PCI is a non-surgical procedure that uses a catheter to place a stent to open up the blood vessels in the heart. We are also able to do permanent and temporary pacemaker implantations and ICD implantations (a device placed under the skin to monitor the heart if needed). If a cardio patient is treated fast, their recovery is much quicker and the damage to the heart is much less. We can begin a procedure within 10 minutes. A delay can cause complications such as dangerous arrhythmias and even death. By acting fast, the risk of death is hugely reduced.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE PATIENTS?

In the event of a heart attack, we have to find the source of the problem as quickly as possible. Ultrasound equipment helps us to capture live images of the inner vessels and allows us to schedule a procedure to arrange an implant that will save the patient’s life. We can quickly ascertain if there is narrowing or not and if it is significant. This determines if the patient requires a stent or not. Time is always of the essence.

Two of the most recommended hospitals in Paphos, St. George and Blue Cross Hospitals are continually striving to improve their medical services with over 80 doctors and over 100 healthcare professionals working across both hospitals. Medical Specialists are based at the two sites to cover all areas of medicine. With their combined experience, expertise, resources, and state-of-the-art medical equipment, they can offer the highest standard of medical care.

For more information or to book a medical consultation with one of the best cardiologists in Paphos, visit their website at BlueCross.com.cy or call 26 844 100. To read an exclusive interview with the team at St George & Blue Cross Hospitals, click here.


Published by Cyprus in Style July 2020 – #InStyleBusinessNetwork

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