The Heart Institute

The Heart Institute (HI) at Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center offers a comprehensive one-stop-shop for any cardiac need or condition. We are able to offer state-of-the-art technology at prices significantly lower than other hospitals. Our staff represents the best that the country has to offer. Here at the HI at CGH, YOUR heart is the heart of our work.


Heart Station
     The Heart Station of the HI offers a complete line of non-invasive diagnostic tools that will help render an accurate diagnosis to any cardiovascular condition. From the simple routine 12-lead electrocardiogram to the full-fledged treadmill or dobutamine stress echocardiogram, the Heart Station has it all. Here is a full list of services offered:

    1.    12-lead electrocardiogram
    2.    2-Dimensional echocardiogram with color flow Doppler
    3.    3-Dimensional echocardiogram with color flow doppler
    4.    Transesophageal echocardiogram
    5.    Treadmill stress ECG examination
    6.    Treadmill stress echocardiogram
    7.    Dobutamine stress echocardiogram
    8.    24-hour Holter monitoring
    9.    24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor
    10.    Carotid duplex scan
    11.    Transcranial Doppler study
    12.    Arterial duplex scan of upper extremities
    13.    Arterial duplex scan of lower extremities
    14.    Renal artery duplex scan
    15.    Venous duplex scan of the upper extremities
    16.    Venous duplex scan of the lower extremities
    17.    Ankle-brachial index
    18.    Segmental pressure measurements
    19.    AV optimization of pacemakers

Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
    The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory has just undergone a complete make-over and is now the newest in the country. It is capable of providing the sharpest angiographic images for all vascular territories from head to foot. It is also capable of providing electrophysiologic studies and radiofrequency ablative procedures for arrhythmias. The laboratory is also in the process of acquiring coronary intra-vascular ultrasound (IVUS) as well as Doppler flow wires for assessment of coronary artery lesions. The full services offered are:

    1.    Coronary angiogram and angioplasty/stenting
    2.    Rotational atherectomy
    3.    Hemodynamic studies (right and left heart catheterization)
    4.    Swan-Ganz PA catheter insertion
    5.    Carotid angiogram and angioplasty/stenting with neuroprotection.
    6.    Renal angiogram and angioplasty/stenting
    7.    Lower extremity angiogram and angioplasty/stenting (iliac, femoral and below-knee arteries)
    8.    Subclavian angiogram and angioplasty/stenting
    9.    Superior/inferior mesenteric angiogram and angioplasty/stenting
    10.    Percutaneous mitral and pulmonic valvuloplasty
    11.    Closure of atrial septal defect (ASD)
    12.    Percutaneous balloon atrioseptostomy
    13.    Closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
    14.    Coiling of AV fistulas and vascular tumors
    15.    Stent graft closure of peripheral AV fistulas
    16.    Inferior vena caval (IVC) filter insertion
    17.    Temporary and permanent pacemaker implantation
    18.    Automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator (AICD) implantation
    19.    Cardiac resynchronization (biventricular pacing) therapy
    20.    Intra-aortic balloon pump insertion
    21.    Thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm stent-graft insertion
    22.    Electrophysiologic studies and radio frequency ablation
    23.    Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolization (TACE)
    24.    Coiling of intra-cerebral aneurysms


Cardiovascular Operating Room/Recovery Room
    The Cardiovascular Operating Room (with 2 operating theatres)/Recovery Room (CVOR/RR) is a stand-alone unit separate from the general operating room and recovery room. This results in a higher level of cleanliness and sterility for open-heart procedures while at the same time ensuring that the nursing staff has a higher level of training and expertise in caring for surgical cardiac patients. It is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that gives any operation the highest chance of success. Services offered by the CVOR/RR are:

    1.    Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) with Endovascular Vein Harvest expertise and equipment available
    2.    Aortic and mitral valve replacement/repair (AVR and MVR)
    3.    Tricuspid valve repair/replacement
    4.    Pulmonary valvotomy/RV outlet reconstruction
    5.    Repair of atrial septal defect (ASD)
    6.    Repair of ventricular septal defect (VSD)
    7.    Repair of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA)
    8.    Repair of tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
    9.    Creation of systemic-to-pulmonary shunts
    10.    Repair of complex congenital heart defects
    11.    Repair of thoracic and aortic dissection and aneurysm
    12.    Repair of coarctation of the aorta
    13.    Bypass of iliac and femoral arteries
    14.    Peripheral balloon embolectomy and thrombus aspiration
    15.    Carotid endarterectomy
    16.    Creation of AV fistula/AV graft/Perm-Cath
    17.    Kidney transplantation
    18.    Removal of intracardiac tumors
    19.    Pericardiectomy/pericardial window creation
    20.    Pulse generator replacement

Telemetry/Stepdown Unit
The Telemetry or Stepdown unit is a unit dedicated to caring for cardiac patients needing intermediate level care. Patients who have undergone surgeries or angioplasties are observed here while they undergo cardiac rehabilitation with progressive physical activities. It is equipped with wireless ECG transmitters allowing increased patient mobility and comfort. This unit is capable of providing ICU-level care if needed.

Coronary Care Unit
The Coronary Care Unit (CCU) is dedicated to handling cardiac emergencies that come in from other hospitals or through the emergency room. Patients with heart attacks, heart failure or other conditions necessitating intense cardiac monitoring or high-level cardiac care are admitted here. Equipped with all the necessary equipments for critically ill patients and staffed by well-trained nurses and physicians, the CCU is ready to handle and treat any cardiac emergency.