Guyanese In St. Maarten Receives Life-Saving Pacemaker

Egland Arthur, a construction supervisor in St. Maarten, started experiencing shortness of breath while visiting Guyana earlier this year.

When it was discovered he had very poor heart function, Arthur’s cardiologist recommended he go to Health City Cayman Islands as conventional therapies could not adequately address the condition.

His cardiologist wanted him to have the best possible attention to address dilated cardiomyopathy so he was referred to Dr. Ravi Kishore, an Interventional Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, and Senior Adult Cardiologist at Health City.

Dr. Ravi, as he is often referred to, implanted a Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT) pacemaker device to treat the symptoms and complications associated with heart failure, and reported a great outcome after the procedure, including improved heart function.

“I had confidence in my doctor,” Arthur said, noting that Dr. Kishore made him feel comfortable throughout the entire process. “I love Dr. Ravi.”

When the clinic opened in 2014, Health City – the vision of renowned heart surgeon and humanitarian Dr. Devi Shetty – became the first advanced medical facility and tertiary care hospital in the Cayman Islands. Supported by two major healthcare organizations, Narayana Health and the U.S.-based Ascension, Health City operates under the vision “that affordable health care should be accessible to everyone who needs it.”

Health City Cayman Islands offers a broad range of medical services, from pediatric care to neurosurgery. Last year, the hospital earned the Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission International (JCI), a worldwide leader in accrediting the quality of healthcare institutions.

Arthur describes Health City as “state-of-the-art,” and was pleased with the high-quality trio of service, treatment and staff. As for his recovery? “I feel great,” said Arthur, noting that his breathing started getting better even while he was still on the table during his pacemaker surgery, a procedure in which the patient is often awake.

Arthur expressed heartfelt thanks to all the Health City staff and said he’s already been recommending the facility to people back home in St. Maarten.