Health and Wellness

MakatiMed fights heart diseases with new and expanded Heart Station

October 17, 2023

The lab has enhanced its capacity for crucial diagnostic procedures

With cardiovascular diseases still the leading cause of death among Filipinos, the top hospital in the Philippines Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed) is stepping up the fight against heart problems with the opening of its Cardiac Diagnostic Laboratory Heart Station, also known as the Heart Station, at a new and upgraded location.

The new facility has been launched under the guidance of MakatiMed’s Institute of Cardiovascular Learning and Care, which is dedicated to crafting personalized care for cardiovascular patients. The Heart Station, headed by cardiology consultant Benjamin N. Alimurung, MD, now provides an enhanced space which includes a new cardiopulmonary exercise test machine that assesses one’s exercise capacity and investigates symptoms like shortness of breath. It also dedicates a child-friendly room for pediatric echocardiogram procedures to help identify congenital conditions and other possible abnormalities among kids.

With its improved capacity, the Heart Station can now accommodate more patients for routine and life-saving diagnostic procedures like treadmill stress tests, echocardiograms, and electrocardiograms to help in the diagnosis of heart conditions and evaluation of their overall heart health.

All procedures at the lab are administered by a highly capable and well-trained team of seasoned physicians, technologists, therapists, nurses, and support personnel. Each test is supervised by a board-certified cardiologist to maintain precision in results and ensure the delivery of exceptional patient care.

MakatiMed Co-President and CEO and Medical Director Saturnino P. Javier, MD emphasizes that the new Heart Station is a manifestation of the hospital’s commitment to strengthen the capabilities of its Cardiology Department. “The new improvements for the Cardiac Diagnostic Laboratory-Heart Station mean a noticeable increase in our capability to serve more patients with quality healthcare,” says Dr. Javier. “It’s hard to overstate how important this is—for many cardiovascular diseases, catching things early makes a huge difference.”

“The technology and the standard of care may always be evolving, but one thing that won’t change is our dedication to offering quality care and service,” adds Dr. Javier. “It’s a new and exciting chapter for MakatiMed that we can’t wait to share with our patients.”

The MakatiMed Cardiac Diagnostic Laboratory Heart Station is now located on the 1st Floor of Tower 1, near the Ayala North Exchange Bridgeway.

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email, or visit Follow @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and Twitter.

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