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Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty Successfully Performed at Cath Lab in Thumbay Hospital Ajman

Dr. Mahmoud-Farouk

This is the first time the highly specialized procedure has been done in the Emirate of Ajman.

Thumbay Hospital – Ajman, the leading academic hospital owned by Thumbay Group successfully performed ‘Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty’ on a thirty-four year old female patient hailing from Philippines, at the hospital’s state-of-the-art Cath Lab on Sunday, 10th April 2016. The procedure was done by the hospital’s Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Mahmoud Farouk Mohamed Elmahdi.

The case

Since the last few months, the patient had started to complain of difficulty in breathing while carrying out her normal, day-to-day activities. Prior to that, the patient used to be a completely healthy individual with no significant health issues whatsoever. She sought medical advice with the cardiologist at Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, who on examination noticed abnormal cardiac sounds in the patient. He further examined the case by conducting Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE), which showed the presence of rheumatic infection of the mitral valve (MV), revealing very severe Mitral Valve Stenosis.

The patient was referred to Thumbay Hospital – Ajman. Dr. Mahmoud Farouk revised her and confirmed the diagnosis through Transesophageal Echocardiography. Performing TEE was also important to make sure that there were no clots inside the patient’s heart, which may give rise to complications during the procedure. The patient was then prepared for the Percutaneous Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty procedure. She was taken to the hospital’s advanced Cath Lab for the procedure using Inoue Balloon.
The procedure went smooth. This was done under Local Anesthesia at the site of the puncture, from the upper leg. The procedure was complete in about one-and-a-half hours. The patient was transferred out of the Cath Lab after performing dilatation of the affected Mitral Valve. The very next day, the patient was discharged from the hospital, after undergoing Transthoracic Echocardiogram to confirm the post-procedure result.

The recovered patient will now undergo periodic checkups; 1 week after the procedure, then one month later, and after that, yearly.

The procedure

Traditionally, surgery had been the solution to rectify Mitral Valve Stenosis. However, since the invention of the balloon procedure, this has been the first-line of treatment.

This is a very demanding procedure, and requires special training to perform the dilatation of the mitral valve. However, it is beneficial for the patient, who otherwise would have to undergo an open-heart surgery to rectify the condition. An important advantage of this procedure vis-à-vis the surgical option is that the patient can resume his/her normal routine just one day after the procedure, with no need for prolonged rest, and not more than a day of hospital admittance.

Usually the procedure is very effective, and complete recovery is achieved. However, rarely some patients develop restenosis after 10 years, irrespective of whether he/she had been cured by surgery or the balloon procedure. The advantage of Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty is that, even in case of restenosis 10 years later, the procedure can be repeated, rather than going for surgery.
Thumbay Hospital Ajman has got experienced professionals capable of performing this highly specialized procedure.

About Mitral Valve Stenosis

This condition is usually the result of catching infections during childhood, caused by organisms which affect the heart valves. Usually, the patient starts showing symptoms when he/she is between 20 and 30 years old.

The disease is caught by children especially from crowded places like schools, through coughing, sneezing etc. Usually children remain asymptomatic until the age of 20 or 30. The disease is usually either discovered accidentally during a medical examination, or through diagnosis, after they start complaining of uneasiness.

Mitral Valve Stenosis is no longer considered a rare disease. The prevalence is high, especially among the Asian populations. There has to be increased awareness in the community that this can be rectified through Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty, rather than going for surgery.

Precautions to be taken during childhood

Improper treatment of sore-throats and tonsillitis during childhood is an important cause of this disease, which goes on to infect the heart. Throat/tonsils are the primary sites of the infection; so it is important to ensure that proper treatment is given. For children with sore-throats or tonsillitis, proper dosage of the appropriate antibiotics have to be administered on time in order to prevent cardiac involvement, as the organism tends to travel from the tonsils or the throat to the heart.

In most of the countries with crowded populations where this disease is prevalent, the situation is worsened when the infected kids are given over-the-counter antibiotics without proper consultation with a doctor.

Other services available in Thumbay Hospital’s Cath Lab

Thumbay Hospital Ajman has a brand-new, most-modern Cath Lab under highly qualified and experienced doctors. The following are some of the important services available:

Insertion of device in the heart: Insertion of Pacemakers and ICDs. These lifesaving devices are inserted for conditions usually affecting the ageing population 70-75, such as decrease in heartbeats, weakening of the heart etc. Thumbay Hospital Ajman has expert doctors who have been doing this successfully for more than 7 years now.

BVS Bioabsorbable Stents: The hospital excels in the insertion of bioabsorbable stents which become part of the body after 6 months of insertion. Once these stents are absorbed by the body, there is no need for the patient to follow long-term medication.
Thumbay Hospital, the first JCI accredited hospital in Ajman, has an excellent Cardiology Department led by expert doctors with a lot of experience working with the most modern technologies and well-versed with advanced treatments and procedures. The department offers world-class services ranging from just a check-up to handling the most critical cases. Some of the features of the Cardiac Department include: well-equipped ICUs, recent type of echocardiogram, high-quality monitors and ventilators inside the ICU etc. The cardiac services are streamlined and properly coordinated right from the ER to the ICU, ensuring perfect care. The Pediatric Echocardiography is handled by highly experienced doctors.

Thumbay Hospital Fujairah Partners KMCC Pravasimeet


Thumbay Hospital – Fujairah, the leading academic hospital owned and operated by Thumbay Group participated as Medical Support Partner in the ‘Pravasimeet’ organized by Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC) on Friday, 1st April 2016. The meet was organized to help NRI’s with various government schemes, health insurance and embassy registration formalities.

Thumbay Hospital conducted health screening for all attendees of the Pravasimeet. Dr. Narayanswami, Orthopeditian at Thumbay Hospital delivered a talk on back-pain, one of the most prevalent orthopedic problems. During his talk, he emphasized the significance of proper posture, healthy lifestyle and diet, for successfully tackling this health issue.



The event was graced by the presence of important dignitaries & the officials. The organizers appreciated the overall support of Thumbay Hospital and expressed their interest to partner with the hospital in organizing future events.

Initial Batch of First-of-its-kind Medical Tourism Course Starts at Gulf Medical University

Medical Tourism Course

The first batch of the unique course in medical tourism launched by Gulf Medical University (GMU) started at the University campus in Ajman on Saturday, 2nd April 2016. Titled ‘Certificate Course in Medical Tourism Facilitator’, this short term course of 3 months’ duration is conducted as a weekend course, aimed mainly at working professionals.

GMU, the leading private university in the region owned and operated by Thumbay Group had launched the Medical Tourism Facilitator course at the 2nd Annual Medical Tourism Conference held at Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, in November 2015. The course was formally launched by H. E. Shaikh Mohammed Maktoum Juma Almaktoum, in the presence of GMU Provost, Prof. Gita Ashok Raj. The new course is the latest in the long list of unique and first-of-its-kind courses offered by GMU.

Conducted by GMU’s Center for Continuing Education and Community Outreach (CCE & CO), the aim of the Medical Tourism Facilitator certificate course is to train the students in the various aspects of medical tourism, and to develop their skills to perform as an operator and play a promotional role in the medical tourism industry. The course inculcates the theoretical and practical understanding of new trends in the medical tourism industry, thereby helping the students to identify the key operational areas in the field.

The Certificate Course in Medical Tourism Facilitator equips the student with knowledge in various areas like the travel industry, medical facilities and conditions, legal/ethical issues, logistics and the hospitality industry related to medical tourism. Needless to say, it facilitates a comprehensive understanding of the medical tourism industry. “The objective of the course is to produce complete Medical Tourism professionals ready to take up the challenges of this fast-evolving field, especially in the UAE, which is making major strides in the sector as it marches towards the Vision 2020 objectives,” said Dr. Alaster Lynsley Susirith Mendis , Director – CCE & CO, GMU.

The course, which is being offered as a 3-month short-term/weekend course is open to any graduate who is interested to take up work as a medical tourism facilitator. For the convenience of working professionals desirous of pursuing the course, weekend classes are scheduled in the morning or evening. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the course.

With the medical tourism sector in the UAE and the Middle East region projected to grow manifold in the coming years, this course from GMU with a medical tourism specialization is truly a great opportunity to join a futuristic career program and be part of an evolving profession.

CSR Activity ‘Coffee on the Wall’ at Blends & Brews Coffee Shoppe Benefits Large Numbers of People


Thumbay Moideen, the Founder President of Thumbay Group UAE donated several coffees to the ‘Coffee on the Wall’ CSR activity at the Blends & Brews Coffee Shoppe located at Thumbay Group’s hospital in Ajman, during an official visit to the hospital on Monday, 28th March 2016. The CSR initiative which is quite popular with Blends & Brews customers and available across all its outlets in the UAE, has already benefited a large number of people.

Blends & Brews, the UAE-born chain of chic coffee shops operated by the Hospitality Division of Thumbay Group has the ‘Coffee on the Wall’ program in all its outlets, wherein any customer can sponsor one or more extra coffees for visitors who cannot afford to pay. The coffees thus sponsored are displayed on the wall in the form of coupons, and anyone in need can pull one out from the wall and order a coffee at the counter.

A visitors availing the coffee on the wall can order any coffee of any size without it lowering his self-esteem as he can enjoy the coffee without having to ask for a free drink. Also, he does not know who the sponsor of his coffee is. Moreover, visitors who avail the free coffee are served with the customary respect and dignity.

The ‘Coffee on the Wall’ initiative is operational at all Blends and Brews outlets, and is a part of the extensive CSR activities of Thumbay Group. “Through ‘Coffee on the Wall’ Blends & Brews encourages our customers to think about people who would like to enjoy, but cannot afford the pleasure of tasting a refreshing coffee. This humble gesture is our way of showing respect for the needy,” said Mr. Farhad C., Director of the Hospitality Division of Thumbay Group.

Blends & Brews has outlets across various locations in the UAE, and in Hyderabad – India. It offers a delicious range of coffees and local savories, as well as sugar-free beverages, cakes and cookies. As part of the strategic plan of Thumbay Group, an addition of 100 Blends & Brews outlets within the UAE is aimed in the next 5-6 years. Blends & Brews Coffee Shoppe’s beverages have won many awards in various national and international competitions.

Thumbay Hospital Dubai Hosts Seminar on Mother & Child Medical Care

Seminar on Mother & Child Medical Care

Thumbay Hospital – Dubai, in association with Gulf Medical University, Ajman, organized a seminar on ‘Mother & Child Medical Care’ at the hospital on Thursday, 31st March 2016.

Specialist doctors of Thumbay Hospital – Dubai spoke on the various topics discussed at the seminar. The topics included:

  • Cardiac Diseases in Pregnancy by Dr. Tamer Taha Ismail, Specialist Cardiology
  • Intrauterine Infections Spectrum & Evaluation by Dr. Anita Coutinho, Specialist Pediatrics
  • Mothers Care in ICU by Dr. Islam Lotfy Elfeky, Critical Care Medicine
  • Skin Diseases with Pregnancy by Dr. Ghada Elmorshidy, Dermatology Specialist
  • Post Partrum Mood Disorders by Dr. Yasir Ali Malik, Specialist Psychiatrist

The seminar was accredited by MOH for 4.5 CME hours. Healthcare professionals from across the country participated in the seminar. Certificates were distributed to the attendees at the end of the program.

Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Center Sharjah Conducts Pediatric Health Screening Camp

Pediatric Health Screening Camp

Thumbay Medical & Dental Speciality Center – Sharjah, the leading academic hospital owned by Thumbay Group UAE organized a free ‘Pediatric Health Screening and Comprehensive Checkup’ camp at Al Wasit Nursery – Sharjah and Sharjah Chamber of Commerce Nursery, on the 6th and 7th of March 2016. The camp, organized as part of the ‘Healthy Baby Campaign’ of the nurseries, included the free consultations & comprehensive checkups by Pediatricians, according to Dr. Shaju Philip, Assistant Administrative Director Thumbay Medical & Dental Specialty Center Sharjah. The Management of Al Wasit Nursery & Sharjah Chamber of Commerce Nursery thanked and appreciated the management of Thumbay Medical & Dental Speciality Center for their efforts to raise health awareness.