A heart failure clinic was inaugurated at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMU) on Saturday to provide services to heart failure patients.
With increasing life expectancy and aging population in Bangladesh, the number of heart failure patients has increased due to heart diseases along with other co-morbidities like diabetes, kidney disease etc.
Dr. Harisul Hoque, a professor in the Department of Cardiology at BSMMU, told The Business Standard: “Heart failure is a special disease. When heart failure occurs, water builds up in the body and patients suffer from shortness of breath.”
“Anyone over 40 who feels excessively tired is at risk for heart failure. About 30% of heart patients suffer from heart failure. Patients with diabetes and kidney disease also suffer from heart failure, but this disease is still neglected in our country. “
From now on, BSMMU’s Heart Failure Clinic will provide treatment for outpatients and heart failure patients at the hospital’s Cardiology Department two days a week, Dr. Harisul Hoque said.
At the groundbreaking ceremony for the Heart Failure Clinic on Saturday morning, BSMMU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md Sharfuddin Ahmed said that different types of heart patients were receiving various treatments across the country. However, these heart patients are deprived of proper medical services due to lack of supervision.
“The ‘Heart Failure Clinic’ set up in the Cardiology Department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University will bring these patients under one roof and take care of them,” said Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed.
The clinic will collect information on inpatients and outpatients at hospitals receiving treatment for heart disease. This will provide a better understanding of the heart disease population in the country and increase research opportunities.
A specific guideline for the long-term treatment of heart patients will also be created, the BSMMU Vice Chancellor said.