Siriraj Hospital is offering a free heart disease treatment program to introduce the Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedure to treat 80 underprivileged patients who have “coronary artery with collateral branch disease.”
The program will be carried out in honor of Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of her 80th birthday on 12 August 2012.
Under the program, the 80 poor patients will be provided with top-quality treatment from April to December 2012. All of them have already received treatment in participating medical clinics in all regions of the country, particularly Khon Kaen University’s Queen Sirikit Heart Center and Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital in the Northeast, Chulalongkorn and Vajira Hospitals in the central region, Surat Thani Hospital in the South, and Chonburi Hospital in the East.
Assistant Professor Damras Tresukosol, Head of Her Majesty Cardiac Center, said the PCI procedure uses a polymer-coated nitinol bifurcation stent that will decompose within 30 days. Several research studies indicated that the stent can prevent coronary artery with collateral branch disease from coming back.
Siriraj Hospital has got medical advice for the program from Professor Ebernard Grube, a heart disease expert at University of Bonn, Germany. It will pay the operation cost, approximately 250,000–300,000 baht, for each case.
At present, the number of patients with coronary artery disease around the world is on the rise. The number of Thai patients is growing around 15,000 per year. Among them, 1,500 are receiving treatment from Siriraj Hospital, where around 300 patients have coronary artery with collateral branch disease.