About Cardiac Clinic
The cardiac clinic was established in 2002. Over the last 20 years it has established itself as a centre of cardiac excellence, delivering care both the public and private sector in all aspects of heart health. It prides itself in providing a holistic approach to tackling heart disease which has its basis in focusing on health rather than health care.
The focus has primarily been on patient directed initiatives in changing lifestyle, nutrition, exercise and other preventive approaches. As with most cardiovascular centres, it manages the latter stages of cardiovascular disease such as hypertensive complications, palpitations/diabetic cardiovascular disease, ischaemic heart disease, heart failure and congenital heart disease.
The clinic is situated in the heart of Gaborone and in a fully established medical centre called the Village Medical Centre and can be accessed with ease any direction coming into the city.
The clinic does not provide emergency or out of hours care and all appointments are booked by telephone/e-mail or in person.
The clinic service provides state-of-the-art cardiac equipment for all aspects of non-interventional cardiac investigation and has a full complement of cardiac technicians, cardiac nurses and a cardiac nutritionist.
The clinic has provided the Government of the Republic of Botswana and its Ministry of health. Cardiac assistance for the last 10 years in several of its tertiary and district hospitals around the country. These include Francistown, Maun, Serowe and Mahalapye.
The resident heart specialist is Kiran Bhagat. Dr Bhagat has been practising medicine for more than 35 years. He received his postgraduate qualifications in the United Kingdom, both in the field of cardiovascular medicine (cardiology) and clinical pharmacology. He is a member of the Royal College of physicians and is a Fellow of the American Society for cardiology. He also holds the same title with the as a Fellow of the European Society of cardiology. He holds a doctorate degree in cardiovascular pharmacology, awarded by the University of London. He has been practising in Botswana for more than 20 years. His principal interests are in functional/integrative cardiovascular medicine, which deals with a patient-centric approach in the management of cardiovascular disease by attempting to address the root cause, rather than the symptoms. In this respect he has been a frequent guest on several television programmes, radio and documentaries. He runs a regular radio program on a local station, which has been running now for several years, entitled ‘ The Broken Body’.
Sheila Chidzomba is the resident cardiac nurse with more than 30 years of clinical experience and has been resident with the cardiac clinic for more than 15 years. She has extensive experience in managing cardiac patients, undertaking or non-interventional cardiac investigations and is certified in several of these tools.
Rutendo Verenga is the resident cardiac technician undertaking all cardiac imaging for the clinic. She holds a degree in echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) from the University of London.
Preeti Unnithan is the resident dietician/nutritionist. She is an integral part of the holistic approach to managing cardiovascular disease with an extensive portfolio in general dietetics, managing cardiovascular/diabetic disease and an array of her registry nutritional pathologies. She currently also is a lecturer at a local university in the field of dietetics