In line with its goal to continue to expand services for northern residents in Israel, Galilee Medical Center recently opened a new unit for the treatment of heart failure in the Cardiology Department headed by Prof. Shaul Atar. This is great news for people in the region who suffer from heart failure as they had often been hospitalized in an internal medicine ward or received partial treatment in the community clinics in the past, which was not sufficient for their medical condition.

Dr. Gassan Moady, a senior cardiologist who specializes in heart failure heads the new unit.  Dr. Moady, graduated with honors from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Medical School and received a second degree in medical management studies at the University of Haifa. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Carmel Medical Center in Haifa, and his cardiology residency at Galilee Medical Center. Dr. Moady recently returned from a fellowship at the University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles, considered one of the world's best hospitals that specializes in heart failure.

Heart failure, also known as chronic heart failure, is a medical condition where the heart is unable to pump sufficiently to maintain blood follow to meet the body's needs. It is a condition in which impaired heart function or structure causes symptoms that affect quality of life and life expectancy. Defective heart function can result from impaired muscle contraction (such as after myocardial infarction), and in others, the impairment is mainly in the cardiac relaxation mechanism. Patients with heart failure suffer from a wide range of symptoms in daily life, such as general weakness, shortness of breath, tiredness during exertion, and fluid retention in the extremities.

The treatment of patients with heart failure focuses on alleviating the symptoms of improved quality of life, reducing the frequency of hospitalization and improving life expectancy. The treatment is based on a multi-disciplinary approach that includes close monitoring, the use of medications from various groups and, if necessary, the use of various devices.

Dr. Moady: "The heart failure unit was designed to provide a solution for patients living in the Galilee so that we can monitor them on a continual basis while ensuring medication balance, as well as their diagnosis and treatment of accompanying diseases. The establishment of the unit will also enable the provision of treatments that may improve patients' quality of life and reduce the need for repeated hospitalization."

Photo: Dr. Gassan Moady, Head of the Heart Failure Unit

Photo Credit: Spokesperson, Galilee Medical Center