The Cape Town (AF) Centre comprises a team of dedicated healthcare professionals based at Panorama Mediclinic Hospital, who have international recognition in the field of research, diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). By establishing a pedigree in both Artrial Fibrillation management and research we are able to offer “cutting-edge” treatments for Atrial Fibrillation and make management decisions based on opinions informed by the latest scientific data.
We aim to ensure that we have a partnership with our patients so that decisions about management are taken together.
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The CTAFC is gearing to launch the new generation Cryoballoon in the Middle East and Africa region. Cape Town will be the 1st city outside the USA and Europe to use the new technology in the treatment of AF, and the CTAFC the 1st unit outside the USA and Europe to implement the new technology […]
The first emerging market regions implantation of the world’s smallest smart device to control heart beats and pumping action was performed yesterday by Dr Gopal and his team at the Cape Town AF Centre, Panorama hospital, Cape Town. These devices, known as Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD), are increasingly being used worldwide and also in developing […]
28 January 2019 DR GOPAL PERFORMS 600th CRYO-ABLATION PROCEDURE Dr Razeen Gopal, renowned cardiologist and electrophysiologist based at Mediclinic Panorama, performed his 600th cryo-ablation procedure on Monday, 21 January 2019. According to Medtronic South Africa, this is the first time a single operator has completed 600 cryo cases within the MEACAT (Middle East […]
Waarom klop ’n mens se hart soms te vinnig, te stadig of onreëlmatig? Wanneer is dit gevaarlik? Kan of moet dit behandel word? Hoe word dit behandel? Luister hier na die onderhoud wat Marí Hudson op RSG gevoer het oor hartritme-defekte wat in die pompkamers ontstaan met Dr Razeen Gopal, hartritme-spesialis van die Kaapstad Sentrum. […]
Nuwe, gevorderde pasgeër-inplantingsprosedure wat selfs verswakte hart sterker laat klop, is nou in Kaapstad beskikbaar ‘n Té stadige hartklop, is algemeen in ouer mense en is gewoonlik die gevolg van ‘n blokkasie in die hart se spesiale elektriese geleidingsweefsel, soms ná ‘n hartaanval. Nou het medici ‘n manier gevind om die geleidingsweefsel van die hart […]
6 April 2018. – Dr Razeen Gopal het pas teruggekeer van ‘n geslaagde humanitêre missie na Dakar Senegal, waar hy binne vier dae ablasie-prosedures op 18 pasiënte met lewensgevaarlike hartritme-defekte, uitgevoer het. Dr. Gopal het op versoek van prof. Adama Kane, kardioloog van die Institiuut vir Kardiologiese Intervensies in Dakar gaan help om dié pasiënte […]
IN A FIRST IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, A NEW-GENERATION SHOCK DEVICE TO PREVENT SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH WAS IMPLANTED AT MEDICLINIC PANORAMA TODAY Panorama – On Monday 21 November 2016 Dr Razeen Gopal, Cardiac Electrophysiologist at the Cape Town AF Centre located at Mediclinic Panorama, implanted a shock device under the skin without a single wire touching […]
On Monday 17 October 2016 Dr Razeen Gopal, Cardiac Electrophysiologist at the Cape Town AF Centre located in Mediclinic Panorama, inserted the world’s smallest pacemaker percutaneously into the heart of Mrs Joan van Niekerk (74) from Brackenfell. Dr Gopal performed three more implantations to complete the first post FDA-approval series of commercial intracardiac pacemaker implants […]
‘n Kaapse eenheid is nou gevestig as die onbetwiste leier in krioballon-ablasie vir die behandeling van atriale fibrillasie in die Midde Ooste/Afrika streek. Dit is ‘n feit nadat dr. Razeen Gopal, kardiale elektrofisioloog, en sy span by die Kaapstad Atriale Fibrillasie Sentrum in Mediclinic Panorama hospitaal hulle 300ste krioballon-ablasie prosedure op 16 Februarie 2016 uitgevoer […]
Your heart and a light bulb have more in common than you think. Electrical currents power your heart’s beating rhythm and the field of cardiac electrophysiology focuses on the diagnosis and repair of conditions related to abnormal heart rhythms. Dr Razeen Gopal is considered one of SA’s leading experts in this field and he welcomed […]
The Cape Town AF Centre in Cape Town established itself as the leader in the field of cryo-balloon ablation therapy for atrial fibrillation in the Middle East/Africa region when Dr Razeen Gopal, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, and his team at the Cape Town Atrial Fibrillation Centre at Mediclinic Panorama hospital, performed their 300th Cryo-balloon ablation procedure to […]
February 2015 – Prof Richard Schilling, head of the academic department of cardiac electrophysiology at St Bartholomew’s and Queen Mary University of London visited the Cape Town AF Centre and assisted Dr Gopal with a complex ablation at the Panorama MediClinic EP lab. In a media interview, Prof Schilling, an highly rated international electrophysiologist, described […]
3 Desember 2014 – Nog ‘n eerste in ontluikende wêreld vir Mediclinic Panorama en Cape Town AF Centre Spesialis herstel hartritme-fout met ‘n nuwe tegniek Met ‘n nuwe tegniek wat met die gesegde twee-bokke-met-een-skoot vergelyk kan word, het ‘n Kaapse hartspesialis Maandag, 1 Desember, geskiedenis gemaak toe hy die eerste in Afrika en die ontwikkelende […]
24 June 2014. – Esther Esterhuizen (55) van Beaufort-Wes, het Vrydag die eerste mens buite die VSA, Engeland en enkele lande in Europa – waar die nuwe monitor tydens die studie-fase getoets is – geword in wie ‘n nuwe piepklein EKG monitor ingeplant is. The Good Doctors was daar en het foto’s geneem. Die piepklein […]
March 2014. – History was made on the continent when a Cape Town heart specialist performed the first procedure using the latest version of a new procedure known as cryoballloon ablation to treat atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder in people over 60 years. A small balloon in the left side of the heart, […]
Although we treat all forms of cardiac arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation is the most common and confusing for patients, so here is some more information:
In a new booklet, we explain the basics of heart rhythm disorders and treatment in easy-to-understand text, with loads of illustrations. We have both the English and Afrikaans versions in PDF format, ready to be downloaded.
If you are an insured patient you would need to get authorisation from your medical aid / insurance for your consultation. If a procedue is necessary then we will arrange one for you.
Cryoballoon ablation explained in less than 2 minutes.
Watch this video to learn more about cardiac arrhythmia and the treatment of these rhythm disorders.
Repairing abnormal heart rhythms with electrophysiology: Dr Gopal explains how it works.
Follow a patient to the EP theatre to undergo catheter ablation treatment to restore normal heart rhythm.
Overview animation of the Micra transcatheter pacing system implant procedure - the world's smallest pacemaker.
The Cape Town AF centre is based within the Panorama Mediclinic heart unit which is a private hospital that offers a flexible and speedy service to our insured patients. For patients currently uninsured a special tariff can be negotiated.
At the Cape Town AF Centre we believe in the importance of a team approach. The team is built around heart specialists who are both colleagues and friends. We share our experience, consult with each other and will often operate together. Patients are therefore never without help even if their own consultant is away for example on holiday. Our cardiologists have a vast experience between them.