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Nestled in Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital , Capital Heart Centre is led by Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist Dr Joshua Loh . Before his private practice , he spent almost two decades in public service as a Senior Consultant Cardiologist at the National University Heart Centre , and Visiting Consultant at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital .
The clinic , Capital Heart Centre , was inspired by the US capital , Washington , DC , where Dr Loh had pursued his advanced training in interventional cardiology and clinical research . The selected team at Capital Heart Centre believes that the heart is the most vital organ and aims to deliver prompt access to appointments , diagnostic services and procedures tailored to their patients ’ requirements , from prevention to treatment .
Dr Joshua Loh ’ s expertise lies in managing coronary artery disease with coronary interventions , and in using contemporary technologies to evaluate and manage these conditions . He is proficient in providing coronary functional and physiology assessments using the flow wire , intracoronary imaging using Optical Coherence Tomography ( OCT ) and IntraVascular Ultra-Sound ( IVUS ), performing complex coronary interventions such as left main disease , bifurcations , chronic total occlusions , bypass graft interventions , multivessel coronary angioplasty and treating severely calcified coronary artery disease with specialised devices such as Rotational Atherectomy and Intravascular Lithotripsy .
Dr Loh commented : “ From a safer
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procedure access to various technological advancements , we are living in this exciting era where combating coronary artery disease is at the forefront of medical innovation and research . Together with antiplatelet medications and effective cardiovascular risk factor control , one should expect a very good long-term outcome with PCI .” He strongly believes in the medical innovations of PCI , and how it has opened up treatment options to patients with complex CAD who , in the past , may only be treated with coronary bypass surgery ( CABG ) or medications alone .
In some cases , Dr Joshua Loh also performs Robotic Percutaneous Coronary Intervention ( R-PCI ). Taking advancements further , R-PCI provides a new approach to the procedure , allowing the cardiologist to remotely control technology to manipulate guidewires and catheter devices with greater depth perception , range of movement and accuracy . This combines the cardiologist ’ s skill , critical thinking and eye for detail with the precision of a machine .
Dr Joshua Loh is also experienced in the use of the latest generation drugeluting stents , bio-resorbable scaffolds and drug-coated balloons . He uses the minimally invasive approach in the majority of his cases using the radial artery access and the distal radial artery access .
Beyond his clinical work , Dr Loh is also passionate about medical education and holds the appointment of Assistant Professor , Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine , NUS . He conducts clinical teaching to medical students and doctors undergoing internal medicine and cardiology training .
Additionally , he regularly trains many specialist doctors from Singapore and abroad in interventional cardiology and functions as a key opinion leader , often invited to chair , give lectures and perform live case demonstrations in international cardiology meetings . Dr Loh is a regional case proctor for complex coronary interventions and has performed teaching cases in Asia .
Dr Loh takes great passion in being a cardiologist and explained that he chose this speciality because the heart fascinates him : “ It is intricate , complex , mechanically perfect , works tirelessly from when you are in the womb until your very last heartbeat in existence . The heart is like a beautiful house , with rooms , doors , electricity , plumbing , and with life flowing through it . It really represents each and every person , every heart is different and complex , and there is so much motivation and life outpouring from it ”, he commented . For more information , refer to www . capitalheart . sg .
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