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Emergency  Department
The emergency of KIHD is 20 bedded and can be extended up to 25 beds. It is a large spacious hall equipped with state of the art equipment. All the beds have ECG & BP monitors (Welch Allyn, USA), central oxygen & suction, computerized ECG machines, Defibrillator (Life Pack-20, Medtronic, USA) with external pace maker are also available. There is a separate area for female patients. The emergency department works round the clock. The medical and paramedical staffs are posted in 3 shifts. Approximately 73,000 patients visit Emergency Department of KIHD yearly.

Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
The coronary care unit of KIHD is a 20 bedded unit. The CCU is also equipped with state of the art equipment. All the beds have ECG & BP monitors (Welch Allyn, USA), with some other parameters and are connected with three central oxygen and suction lines, ECG Machines (Mortare, USA), Defibrillator (Life Pack-20, Medtronic, USA) with external pace maker and ventilators (Viasys Health Care Bird, USA) besides other routine patient care facilities.

Out Patient department (OPD)
KIHD is the first institute of cardiology of Pakistan providing separate OPD facilities for male and female patients. The entire staff of female OPD including doctors, technicians and nursing staff is female. Both the male and female OPD have large waiting areas, doctor’s rooms, consultant’s rooms, and ECG rooms, separately. More than 100,000 patients visit OPD per year at KIHD.

In-Patient  Department (Clinical Wards)
There are four wards (divided into two units) each with 20 beds, two for male and two for female patients. The private ward has 20 rooms. Each ward has been provided ECG machine, Defibrillator with external pacemaker and other equipments.

The ECG system is of Mortara, USA providing multichannel ECG connected with a centralized computer system and accessories at predefined PC bases stations.


The institute has a fully automated and computerized laboratory which is working under the supervision of a consultant pathologist and qualified and trained staff.

All the baseline blood tests like Blood CP, UCE, LFTs, Urine DR, Lipid Profile, RBS, FBS, PT-INR are being done at very economical price. Troponin-I which is a very important test to rule out the Myocardial Infarction in a patient presenting with chest pain at ER is being done at KIHD within 45 minutes.

Radiology and X-Rays
The Radiology department of the institute works under the supervision of a consultant Radiologist. It is equipped with

    • High frequency C-Arm with fluoroscopy
    • X-ray machine 500 mA
    • Mobile X-ray with 100 mA
    • Automatic X-ray film processor

    There is also the facility of portable –ray and the chart radiogram of immobilize patients is done at bedside routinely   

    Exercise Testing Department (ETT)
    This department is equipped with three ETT machines. These ETT machines are fully computerized; one is Aspel and the other is Schiller ETT systems. The department is also equipped with all the necessary equipments including defibrillators and emergency resuscitation facilities. The Exercise tests are done under the supervision of a trained medical registrar and a qualified and experienced technician. This department is a part of non invasive labs which is headed by Associate professor of cardiology.

    ECHO Lab
    This department is also equipped with three latest designed Echo machines (Toshiba Nemio 35, Xorio). Our Echo lab is also providing the facility of transesophageal echo (TEE). All the procedures are performed under the supervision of qualified and experienced staff headed by Specialist in Imaging Cardiology and the reports  are reviewed by a head of Non invasive cardiology department.

    Ambulatory ECG & BP Lab
    The ambulatory BP monitoring and ambulatory ECG (Holter) monitoring lab of the institute is fully equipped with latest equipment in the field. The system is fully computerized and both the systems are Schiller.

    Cardiac Catheterization Department (Cath Lab) of KIHD started functioning in May 2005.
    This department is comprising two cath labs that are equipped with two state of the art latest version of Toshiba Angiography machines along with other invasive physiological monitoring system.
    The Cath Lab is one of the busiest departments of KIHD and it is popular in the town for providing economical and quality services. In fact, this lab started procedures (angiography and angioplasty) from the day of its existence at the lowest possible cost. It was a unique example and it has set a trend of providing economical services in the city.
    The department of Interventional Cardiology is headed by well known, reputable and senior consultant cardiologist, Prof. Muhammad Ishaq. He is the director of Cath Lab at KIHD
    The staff of the Cath Lab is highly trained and qualified in the field of Interventional Cardiology. They are well behaved, skilled and practice the radiation safety measures as per PNRA guidelines.
    Currently the Cath Lab of KIHD is performing;

    • 3000 diagonostic procedures per year
    • 300 perculaneous coronary interventions (PCI) per year.


    Nuclear Cardiology Department of KIHD started functioning from 29th December 2008 in older block adjacent to Catheterization Laboratory. This was a very compact department with no dedicated waiting area for injected patients. In March 2010, department was extended by using the space of hot store and clinical laboratory as the later was shifted to new block. Dedicated “hot waiting area” and a large cardiac stress laboratory where dynamic and pharmacological stress can be performed simultaneously.

    Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD) introduces one more life saver in cardiac treatments – first of its kind in Pakistan.



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