Dr. Ahmad Nizar Jamaluddin’s Cardiology Clinic offers unique and advanced electrophysiology procedures such as radiofrequency ablation for sufferers of heart diseases. The clinic makes use of the latest equipment in the field, including a proprietary 3D mapping facility, to perform these procedures, thus guaranteeing the safety, efficacy, and efficiency of each procedure. Thanks to its cutting-edge treatments, state-of-the-art facilities, and highly experienced resident cardiologist and electrophysiologist Dr. Ahmad Nizar Jamaluddin, the clinic has become a widely recognized pillar in the cardiac subspecialty of electrophysiology.
Dr. Ahmad Nizar Jamaluddin boasts of more than 20 years of experience in cardiology and a comprehensive training that has taken him across the United States, the UK, and Malaysia. He is currently a well-respected specialist in electrophysiology, concentrating on the long-term treatment of tachycardias. In 2004, he was elected President of the National Heart Association of Malaysia. Dr. Ahmad’s unique and emphatic approach to treatment is to involve the patient in the development of the treatment plan to guide them in making informed choices.
Dr. Ahmad Nizar Jamaluddin’s cardiology practice focuses on providing a patient-centered approach to treatment. Putting the benefit of his patients above all else, Dr. Ahmad ensures that they are involved in every step of the treatment planning process. He combines this with his extensive background in cardiology and maximises technological advances to provide his patients with the highest level of care that they deserve.
Radiofrequency Ablation: Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation
Radiofrequency ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is a safe and effective treatment method recommended by health professionals. Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is a heart condition in which the atria, or the upper heart chambers, beat in an irregular manner instead of their normal rhythm. Some symptoms of atrial fibrillation include chest pain, heart palpitations, lightheadedness, and feeling short of breath; this is because the blood is not flowing efficiently throughout the body, which in turn raises the risk of blood clots in the atria. Radiofrequency ablation helps treat paroxysmal atrial fibrillation because the radiofrequency energy can destroy the abnormal electrical pathways that plague the heart. This procedure involves placing an energy-emitting probe through the vein into the heart, targeting the tissue responsible for the abnormal electrical activity. It is currently the standard treatment for atrial flutters and is therefore also being commonly used for atrial fibrillation.
Radiofrequency Ablation: Primary Ventricular Tachycardia
Radiofrequency ablation for primary ventricular tachycardia is one of the simplest, least invasive, yet effective treatment procedures recommended by cardiologists. Taking just 30 to 90 minutes, radiofrequency ablation can effectively lower a person’s regular heart rate to the normal range of 60 to 100 bpm, instead of the 170 bpm rate experienced by those suffering from primary ventricular tachycardia. Compared with other procedures, radiofrequency ablation allows patients to return home and rest on the same day, as long as strenuous activities are avoided. Within two weeks following the procedure, the radiofrequency heat waves introduced into the malfunctioning heart tissues that caused primary ventricular tachycardia will have completely destroyed the damaged nerves, thus normalising the electrical system of the heart for the long term. With caution and guided therapy, patients may increase their activity tolerance safely now that their heart rate is within the normal range.
Radiofrequency Ablation: Supraventricular Tachicardia
Radiofrequency ablation for supraventricular tachicardia is a minimally invasive treatment option for those who commonly experience unexplained quickening of the heartbeat, a symptom that characterises this common heart ailment. Supraventricular tachicardia or SVT occurs when the electrical system of the heart malfunctions. Persons suffering from this condition may have heart rates elevated up to 300 beats per minute, which is three times the standard rate of 100 bpm. SVT usually occurs in episodes, which may or may not go away on their own. However, these episodes are recurrent, so the condition should be carefully treated. Radiofrequency ablation is one of the safest, most effective ways of controlling SVT because it is minimally invasive and can be performed using minimal sedation and a local anaesthetic. Radiofrequency ablation is conducted using a unique radiofrequency needle guided by a fluoroscopy or live x-ray. Small controlled amounts of electrical current are sent through the needle targeting the affected nerves and heart tissue. Once numbed, a lesion will be made so that radiofrequency heat waves from the tip of the needle can be sent into the tissue, repairing the damaged electrical connections that cause supraventricular tachicardia.