Cardio Surgical Clinic "Heart Life Hospital" was granted membership in the Ukrainian Association of Medical Tourism. The main goal of participation is the popularization and promotion of Ukrainian cardiac surgery in the international arena, as well as rendering assistance to cardiosurgical patients from abroad.

Cardiosurgery is one of the most promising and rapidly progressing branches of science and medicine all over the world. Already today, most of the diseases associated with congenital and acquired heart defects, coronary heart disease or complicated rhythm disorders are successfully solved by surgical intervention.

Placenta is an important organ, maintaining the connection between the organisms of mother  and foetus in the period of intrauterine development. However, even having no specialized knowledge the mankind from the ancient times considered the biological role of placenta to be much broader and also dowered it with certain mythical features. Thus, some ancient folks had a tradition to preserve the placenta after birth and sometimes it was even swadded together with a newborn during some period of time.  

Long before the description of the biological and histologic composition of the placenta, placental preparations were widely used for the stimulation of wounds healing in ancient soldiers. Placental masks are known to be one of the mysteries of beauty of the Egyptian  queen Cleopatra. Placental drugs were also used by the Father of medicine Hyppocrates (5th century BC) and Ibn Sina (Avicenna, 10th century AD), a legendary Arabian doctor of old times. Placental medications were also used in the rehabilitation of cosmonauts in USSR.

The city reported its 46th heart transplant by giving a new lease of life to a foreign national on Monday.

A 27-year-old Ukrainian model received the heart of a 22-year-old banker from Gujarat whose family pledged six of his organs after he was declared brain-dead.

This was a first case of a foreign national getting a heart transplant in the city.

The recipient was suffering from postpartum dilated cardiomyopathy and had been on the waitlist for the past two days.

Postpartum dilated cardiomyopathy is an uncommon form of heart failure that happens during the last month of pregnancy or up to five months after giving birth.

The disorder has a high mortality rate.

The Surat man was declared brain-dead after a road accident.

Founder and president of NGO Donate Life Nilesh Mandlewala counselled his family who then agreed to donate his heart, liver, pancreas, corneas and kidneys.

Current status and perspectives of stem cells application in Ukraine  

Cell therapy, based on the use of the regenerative potential of stem cells is increasingly used in the treatment of more than 70 severe human diseases and their complications, which earlier were supposed to be incurable. These disorders include benign and malignant tumors, consequences of stroke, myocardial infarction, hepatitis and liver cirrhosis, diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, disorders of supporting-motor system and others. During more than 10 years the leading pharmaceutical companies are actively investing in the development of biotechnologies, since  methods of cell therapy become an competitive alternative to pharmaceuticals.  At the same time biobanks of the umbilical cord blood stem cells, other human tissues and cells as well as hematopoietic stem cell registries became an integral part of the health care system of the developed world.  

Ukraine belongs to the countries with the most ancient traditions of investigations of stem cells and successful experience of the implementation of the innovative scientific elaborations into clinical practice. Yet in 1984 in Kharkov (Ukraine) for the first time in Europe cord blood samples were frozen long before the creation of the world’s first cord blood bank in USA in 1992. In Ukraine, a significant contribution into the development of cell technologies  was made by the Institute of  the Problems of Cryobiology and Cryomedicine of NAS of Ukraine, Institute of the Urgent and Reconstructive Surgery n.a. V.K. Gusak of NAMS of Ukraine, Institute of Eye Diseases and Tissue Therapy n.a. V.P. Filatov of NAMS of Ukraine. 

Cyprus is a well-known tourist destination in the Mediterranean region and its tourism sector plays a vital role in the economy of the country. All these years, the success of Cyprus was based on the sea and sun concept  - the beautiful weather, the nice beaches and the luxurious accommodation. However, Cyprus is not only sea and sun. It is also an Island with history and culture. It has all these so-called “special interests” for tourists, and health tourism is part of that.

Health tourism is a combination of the tourism industry and the health sector. Cyprus is an already established tourism destination with excellent infrastructure with many years of experience. Adding the well proven medical infrastructure, the modern and technologically sophisticated hospitals, highly qualified specialist consultants, doctors, nurses, technical staff and the very high standards of hygiene, and while English widely spoken throughout the island, Cyprus is indeed a promising health tourism destination.

Undoublty the increasing expansion of health tourism over the past few years has raised the need to establish an organisation whose main concern would be to place Cyprus on the global medical tourism map. The Cyprus Health Services Promotion Board (CHSPB) is a non-profit organization that was founded in November 2006 after an initiative taken by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), aiming mainly to the development and promotion of Cyprus as a Health Centre. Since then the CHSPB has become the main point of contact for health tourism related issues in Cyprus. It is worth noting that all our members are approved and licensed by the Cyprus Government while some of them have also moved a step ahead by signing contracts to obtain international accreditation standards from accrediting bodies approved by the ISQUA.

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