Cardiology is the study of the cardiovascular system (heart and arteries), and the diseases which affect it such as: hypercholesterolemia, heart failure, hypertension, myocardial infarction, pericarditis, endocarditis, pulmonary embolism, and arrhythmias. Cardiovascular diseases remain the main cause of mortality. They affect primarily smokers or those suffering from hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and diabetes.



Benefits of the Department

The cardiology department at Tel Chiha Hospital has gained a strong reputation. It welcomes and treats patients suffering from heart disease, and includes an intensive cardiac care unit which will soon undergo renovation to become an emergency cardiac care unit (CCU) offering a greater number of beds, two medical units, one interventional cardiology treatment room and a non-invasive cardiac unit.



Treatments Undertaken At Tel Chiha Hospital

During the consultation, the cardiologist will question the patient on their family and personal medical history before ordering tests.

Depending on the results of the analysis conducted, the patient will receive treatment adapted to their needs, such as:

Cardiac catheterization, which identifies and treats diseases of the coronary vessels and the valves of the heart, and measures cardiac function.


Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) are specialized techniques which allow for the opening of blocked arteries without the need for surgery. PTA is used for angioplasty of the peripheral arteries, and PTCA for angioplasty of the arteries of the heart.


Cardiac electrophysiology is the science of studying, diagnosing and treating all areas linked to the electrical activities (the rhythm) of the heart. It is conducted via an electronic device capable of delivering an internal electrical shock, or anti-tachycardia therapy in cases of malignant ventricular arrhythmia, predisposing the patient to a heart attack. It can also be used as a cardiac pacemaker.

The cardiac pacemaker is a device capable of sending electrical impulses to activate the heart (pacing) in addition to monitoring spontaneous cardiac activity (sensing).

Temporary cardiac pacemakers are used to restore an adequate heart rate in cases of severe bradycardia.



The Team

In addition to a general practitioner, cardiologists monitor “at risk” patients by performing ever more targeted examinations, and ever more effective therapeutic armamentarium.

The doctors practicing within this department are interventional cardiologists, specialized in adult care.

Catheterization: Dr. Michel Fatouch, Dr. Amer Harmouch, Dr. Toni Ibrahim, and Dr. Mounir Riachi

Heart rhythm specialist: Dr. Malek Khatib

Cardiologists: Dr. Jean Arid, Dr. Salim Habchi, Dr. Jean Khedy, Dr. Michel Saliba, Dr. Toni Skaff, Dr. Ali Taki

Tel.: +961 8 80 11 84 Ext.:1322-1250