Since September 2015 when Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) was inaugurated, people from all walks of life have found answers to their heart alignment. This is Tanzania era to make history. I've been privileged to serve this organization since it started the fall of 2015, but before I worked here in the department of internal medicine later cardiovascular medicine since early 90s, the experience gained told me all I needed to know about the Cardiac mission in our country. At JKCI the patient is always first, and I wanted to devote myself and my life's work to such an institution.
Our government has invested heavily in building this Institute with 104 bed capacity, self contained private rooms, 9 Intensive care beds, 6 Coronary Care beds, Biplane Cath Laboratory and 3 ultra modern operating theaters which matches the highest level of heart diseases delivery across East Africa, where cardiac services is provided to all patients categories (those exempted by policy, insurance covered, cost sharing and private).
JKCI- provides not only the best cardiology care environment in Dar es Salaam but also the best cardiac centre in the country and I can say the entire EA. JKCI is a super specialty heart institute.
I'm often asked what is so special about JKCI. The answer is complex but put simply, it's our approach to patient care distinguishes us from any other clinic in the country when it comes to heart diseases more than 60% of the best cardiologist and cardiac surgeons in the country are at JKCI back-up with dedicated nursing and technologists staff.
These experts with different medical training background from around the globe (India, SA, Israel, China, Japan, USA, Russia, Norway, and Australia) with one vision to reach the highest levels. All are determined to make JKCI the centre of excellence when it comes to heart diseases management.
And I am honored to be a part of this institution as the First Executive Director since its formation. JKCI is a treasury of cardiac knowledge, where each day our outstanding staff delivers the highest-quality, highest-value care to our over 200 patients attended every day at out outpatient department, more than 6 cath lab procedures one every day and 2-3 surgical procedures done almost daily. I believe all JKCI employees feel this way we are committed to providing the best care for every patient every day. As our presidents say
"Hapa Kazi Tuu" direct translation at JKCI work and work only is the menu of the day.
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Cardiology specializes in disorders of the heart and includes medical diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart
defects, heart failure, coronary disease and more.
Services provided by adult cardiology:
Transthoracic Echo (TTE):This is an ultrasound of the heart; the corner stone of diagnosing structural heart abnormalities.
Transesophegeal Echo (TEE):This is an ultrasound of the heart through a small camera inserted in the esophagus & stomach (when needed).
Usually performed under sedation or anesthesia.
Intracardiac Echo (ICE):This ultrasound of the heart is performed from 'within' the heart. The catheter that contains the camera is
inserted in the vein into the heart chambers. This is usually performed during interventional cardiac
catheterization procedures.Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
The Electrocardiogram is a graphical representation of the electrical work of heart muscle. It is useful in
heart rhythm problems, heart enlargement and other cardiac problems.
24-hour ECG (Holter) & Cardiac Event Monitor
The Holter is a device that is worn and attached to patient's chest to record the heart rhythm over 1-2
The Event Monitor on other hand operates wirelessly and is smaller than the Holter. It is used over long
record the ECG when needed at home, and is activated during the 'event' by either the patient or a parent.
Arrhythmia Management & Pacemaker Programing
The pacemaker is 'interrogated' its settings adjusted on regular basis using a special computer
Vascular and endovascular physicians treat diseases of the vascular system. They're trained in the diagnosis and management of diseases affecting all parts of the vascular system, including the heart. First of its kind procedures. Our skilled team of interventional cardiologists earned the reputation for offering cutting edge vascular care and treatment in the state. Conditions treated may include: Aneurysmal disease, Cerebrovascular diseases, PE/DVT, Pelvic Congestive Syndrome, Peripheral arterial disease, Transcarotid Artery Revascularization(TCAR), Venous disease
Venous DiseaseConstant leg pain, tiredness or heaviness may be signs of a more serious condition, such as peripheral arterial disease or venous disease. Patients experiencing these symptoms may consider asking their doctor for a referral to see a vascular specialist at JKCI.
Limb SalvageAs many as one in every 20 Tanzania over the age of 50 has Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), a serious disease that is often undiagnosed. PAD results in narrowed arteries, which can block the flow of blood. Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation, heart problems, and even death. The JKCI is at the forefront of the diagnosis, medical management and treatment of conditions such as acute limb ischemia. Our remarkable surgeons offer first of its kind technology combined with superior expertise and experience to reduce the number of amputations inTanzania.
We offer a full range of diagnostic services to detect heart disease. For patients with chest pain, we offer a variety of tests which provide a non-invasive way of evaluating the status of a patient's heart prior to going to the cardiac catheterization or electrophysiology labs. Information from the following tests is reviewed by physicians to determine the best plan of care to offer our patients:
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
Imaging with X-ray
Pulmonary function testing
Stress testing (treadmill testing)
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (Tee)
Our heart and chest surgeons are on the leading edge of diagnosing and surgically treating conditions of the heart, lungs and chest by using the latest innovations and techniques in heart surgery.
Cox Maze ProcedureThe maze procedure is a surgical treatment for atrial fibrillation also known as a surgical ablation. The surgeon uses a minimally invasive approach to create scar tissue using radio waves, freezing, or microwave or ultrasound. The scar tissue, which does not conduct electrical activity, blocks the abnormal electrical signals causing the arrhythmia. Instead, the scar tissue directs electric signals through a controlled path, or maze, to the lower heart chambers.
Left Ventricular Assisted Device (LVAD)For patients who have reached a stage of advanced heart failure where your heart is no longer able to pump enough blood to meet your body's needs, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) may be an option. The LVAD is a surgically implanted mechanical pump that is attached to the heart and powered by an external battery, working with the heart to help it pump more blood with less stress on the heart.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)This minimally invasive surgical procedure repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, it wedges a replacement valve into the aortic valve's place. This procedure is used for those who may be at a greater risk for open heart surgery.
Diagnostic and Imaging
Radiology uses advanced imaging to diagnose and sometimes also treat diseases within the body. Our interventional radiologists can use this image guidance to provide a minimally invasive alternative for some procedures.
Jakaya Kikwete Heart Institute offers full-service radiology with same day and next day appointments, including evening and weekend, for many radiology services.
Advanced CT services
Wards and Rooms