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All Over Saudi Arabia

SACIS is the leading authority in interventional cardiovascular medicine in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

SACIS disseminates the most recent cardiovascular research through its annual conference

Welcome to SACIS website

Vision

To be the leading authority in interventional cardiovascular medicine in Saudi Arabia that provides competent personnel and disseminates up-to date services to cardiac patients

Mission

To promote excellence in interventional cardiovascular medicine through education, research, counseling and the provision of quality cardiac services

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President

PRESIDENT’S WELCOME MESSAGE

I am very pleased to welcome you all to the Saudi Arabia Cardiac Interventional Society (SACIS). It is my honor to lead a society whose chief goal is to promote excellence in interventional cardiovascular medicine in the Kingdom and the world at large through education, research, counseling and the provision of quality cardiac services.

Saudi Arabia Cardiac Interventional Society is under the umbrella of Saudi Heart Association (SHA). This partnership gives us the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas and comments with a variety of highly-qualified cardiologists as well as with other healthcare professionals & leaders in the setting of extremely active scientific programs. Our organization provides a platform for professionals to advance and update their education/training, present their latest research, and join advocacy projects for the public and for healthcare professionals.

As you may already know, the prevalence of cardiac disease is increasing in Saudi Arabia as well as throughout the world. SACIS is eager to endorse treatment programs & guidelines by encouraging cardiologists and all other healthcare providers to work together.

This Website will provide its members with a means to communicate, share interesting cases, announce upcoming events, provide educational material for our patients, create links to important sites such as Saudi Heart Journal, SHA, and other international cardiac interventional societies, and discuss studies and guidelines. It will also serve as a window to introduce our society to the rest of the world.

I hope that I will be able to exhibit respectable leadership and I look forward to your support and cooperation in achieving the society’s vision and mission.

 

Yours sincerely,

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Khalid Al Faraidy, MD, FRCPC

President of the Saudi Arabia Cardiac Interventional Society

(SACIS)

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Introduction:

The Saudi Arabian Cardiac Interventional Society (SACIS) was initially established in 2004 under the leadership of Dr Mustafa Yousef  as a group (SACIG). As the number of interventional cardiologists, cardiac centers and procedures performed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia grew, the group expanded and was upgraded to a society in 2012. Today, the Society represents more than 100 practicing interventional cardiologists who perform a wide range of procedures including coronary, peripheral, renal, carotid and congenital/structural heart. SACIS remains under the umbrella of the Saudi Heart Association (SHA) and is currently in the process of reviewing the by-laws and signing a Memorandum of Understanding with SHA.

The primary goal of SACIS is to be the leading authority in interventional cardiovascular medicine in Saudi Arabia that provides competent personnel and disseminates up-to date services to cardiac patients.  Our mission is to promote excellence in interventional cardiovascular medicine through education, research, counseling and the provision of quality cardiac services.

As SACIS gains both national and international recognition,  there is particular emphasis on:

  • Research
  • Physician education and representation
  • Promotion of guidelines and quality/safety standards in daily practice
  • Improving public awareness and education
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  1. Riyadh Chapter interventional cardiology club semimonthly   meetings.
  2. Eastern Province Interventional Cardiology Club (EPICC) semimonthly regular meetings in eastern province with more than 100 attendee and 4 CME hours were accredited.
  3. Jeddah Chapter interventional cardiology club semimonthly  meetings.
  4. Qassim Chapter interventional cardiology club semimonthly  meetings.
  5. Compiled a complete database of all the practicing interventional cardiologists in the Kingdom allowing better communication.
  6. Collaboration with international organizations & societies such as Euro PCR, TCT, ACIC, Gulf PCR, Egyptian Society, and Malaysian society of interventional cardiology.
  7. Organizing workshops and courses e.g:
  • Transradial workshop in collaboration of International Medical center in Jeddah.
  • The fifth annual Radial workshop in King Abdulaziz Medical city organized by Dr. Mohammad  Balghith.
  •  The fifth annual CTO workshop in King Abdulaziz Medical city organized by Dr. Mohammad Balghith.
  • The first annual SACIS Forum in collaboration with SCAI is scheduled for November 15-17, 2013.
  • The first annual Interventional Fellows course in collaboration with SCAI is scheduled for April 2014.
  • Primary PCI Summit in Qassim Mouwasat Cardiology Symposium in Dammam
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Services

  • Facilitates communication amongst its members by maintaining a complete database and providing a website connecting its members via sms messages and emails as well as social networks.
  • Provides a platform on the society’s website for fellows, nurses, technicians and referring physicians to discuss cases.
  • Provides a platform on the society’s website to discuss interesting  cases that can serve an educational purpose.
  • Improves public awareness by providing educational material published on the  website.
  • Engages in a range of quality,  practice guidelines, and health reform discussions with national healthcare leaders through its blogging area.
  • Provides a link to important websites such as the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, Saudi Heart Association and Saudi Heart Journal.
  • Announces upcoming events and activities sponsored by SACIS as well as other collaborating international societies.
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  • To Launch the Interventional cardiology Chapter in the South province, and other provinces of the kingdom.
  • To provide consulting services for the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties for credentialing physicians.
  • To conduct registries and research projects that connect the various centers in the Kingdom
  • To establish practice guidelines in the field of interventional cardiology starting with a primary PCI program covering the entire Kingdom
  • To promote Saudi Heart Journal by publishing studies and providing editorial services where relevent.
  • To publish educational material for our patients.
  • To pursue advocacy projects protecting practicing interventionalists.
  • To provide training for practicing interventionalists in emerging technologies in collaboration with industry & international experts.
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Case Studies

TAVI

78 year old gentleman with severe Aortic Stenosis and normal LV systolic function. Given his age and frailty, he was deemed to high risk by the surgeons for aortic valve replacement. Work up including TEE, CT and coronary angiogram revealed that he is a good candidate for TAVI via femoral access. The procedure was performed successfully using an Edwards Sapien Valve through the transfemoral approach. No complications occurred. Post procedure TEE (3D) confirmed excellent valve position and function.

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Carotid

70 year old gentleman with recent TIA and a history of CABG 9 years ago. Work up revealed and LVEF of 35% and significant Internal Carotid Artery stenosis by MRA. He was assessed by the neurologists and vascular surgeons. After a lengthy discussion with the patient and his family, he was deemed high risk for carotid endarterectomy. Therefore, carotid artery stenting was performed using the Accunet 7 distal protection device and Acculink 8-10 self expanding stent. The procedure was successful and no neurological complications occurred. He continues to follow up in the outpatient clinic.

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Rotoblation

This is a 67 year old gentleman who was admitted with a NSTEMI. He also suffers from COPD. His echocardiogram showed a depressed LV systolic function and wall motion abnormalities in the LAD territory. A diagnostic coronary angiogram revealed a heavily calcified LAD. The option of CABG vs high risk PCI with rotoblation and Impella 2.5 circulatory support system was discussed with the patient, his family and the surgeons. There was a consensus agreement to proceed with PCI. An Impella 2.5 circulatory support device was inserted through the left common femoral artery through a 13 French sheath. The LAD intervention was performed through the right common femoral artery. The vessel was rotoblated with a 1.75 burr. He remained hemodynamically stable throughout the procedure. Then 3.0 everolimus drug eluting stents were successfully deployed and TIMI III flow obtained. The left common femoral arteriotomy was closed using Perclose and the right using Starclose.

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Coarctation

19 year old female with coarctation of the aorta confirmed by cardiac MRA. An Advanta V12 Atrium stent was successfully deployed and postdilated. The procedure was uncomplicated. She returned for a follow up angiogram after 6 months which showed no significant residual gradient or restenosis.

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Our mission is to promote excellence in interventional cardiovascular medicine through education, research, counseling and the provision of quality cardiac services.