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Cardiology hospital under construction in Qingpu

THE main building of Shanghai's first cardiology hospital was topped off today in Qingpu District.

The Shanghai Delta Hospital, a Sino-US joint venture, is expected to open next year with 200 beds and will offer advanced cardiac treatment and rehabilitation services as that in Western countries.

Its American partner has specialized in cardiology and post-surgery rehabilitation for over 30 years.

With more than 1 billion yuan in investment, the hospital will be the largest medical joint venture in Shanghai.

"Only 4 percent of China's cardiac patients were treated in 2004. The rate is now 20 percent but still very low due to limited hospital resources, poor education and inadequate disease prevention," said Dr Peter Liu, CEO of Shanghai Delta Hospital and Clinics.

In Shanghai, patients just go home after a heart surgery without getting any rehabilitation training. In developed countries, doctors would offer patients guidance on physical exercise and diet as well as psychological treatment to help them recover, Liu said.

"Such services are almost nonexistent in China as health authorities pay little attention to disease prevention and rehabilitation," Liu added.

The company first opened a clinic, Shanghai DeltaWest Clinic, in downtown Hongqiao area to offer high-quality cardiovascular care.


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