Sajid Hamid Dhakam

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BACKGROUND The advent of drug-eluting balloons (DEBs) is a promising development for coronary revascularization procedures, especially for in-stent restenosis (ISR). This study aims to highlight our experience with DEBs in the treatment of drug-eluting ISR at a tertiary care hospital in Pakistan. METHODS All patients presenting to our institution from(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a simplified risk scoring system of contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS A retrospective study was performed on 1500 patients in the development set undergoing PCI from January 2008 to December 2009. And 1000 patients treated from January 2010 to May 2011 were selected for the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the availability, practices and knowledge of radiation safety measures among invasive cardiologists in a tertiary care hospital. METHOD A cross sectional survey of invasive cardiologists working in academic institutions was conducted using a questionnaire. RESULTS A total of 28 cardiologists completed the questionnaire with a mean(More)
Left main pseuodaneurysm is a rare entity and is one of the potentially lethal consequences of coronary artery dissection. We describe a case of a young woman who almost a week after her delivery developed spontaneous left main dissection, manifested as acute anterior myocardial infarction. Left on medical treatment alone over a month, spontaneous(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the characteristics and outcome of patients with cardiac myxomas. DESIGN A case series. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), from 1999 to 2004. PATIENTS AND METHODS All patients diagnosed and managed as having cardiac myxomas at AKUH, during a period of six years (1999-2004) were included. Data was(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the characteristics and in-hospital outcome of patients with cardiogenic shock (CS) complicating acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and to evaluate the influence of urgent coronary revascularization on in-hospital mortality. DESIGN Descriptive study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi. January 2001(More)
BACKGROUND The use of omega-3 fatty acids is a currently proven strategy for secondary prevention of heart disease. The prescription practices for this important nutraceutical is not currently known. It is imperative to assess the knowledge of cardiologists regarding the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and to determine the frequency of its prescription. The(More)
The case of a coronary artery perforation in which overinflation of a balloon at an angulated segment of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery after stent deployment resulted in an Ellis type III coronary artery perforation is presented. A bare metal stent (BMS) was used successfully to seal this high-grade perforation. Here, it is demonstrated that it(More)
BACKGROUND The aims of this study were to evaluate the awareness of and attitudes towards the 2005 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines for Heart Failure (HF) of the cardiologists in Pakistan and assess barriers to adherence to guidelines. METHODS A cross-sectional survey was conducted in person from March to July 2009 to all cardiologists(More)