Ariana Medical Complex Cardiology department was established in 2008 and was the first Cardiac center in Afghanistan that practiced Cardiology based on Internationally accepted  Cardiology Guidelines and State of the Heart Concept. We were the first training center among the private hospitals that conducted training for Doctors, Medical students, and Paramedics from all over the country, in the field of  Echocardiography, ECG, BLS, ACLS, and basic and advanced training of Cardiology. Our Cardiologists provide 24 hour dedicated services and is one of the best hospital of Afghanistan where emergency  Cardiac procedures such us Angioplasty, Pericardiocentesis, and Cardioversion can be carried out round the clock. It is operated by a strong and dedicated team of cardiologists lead by Abdul Wahed Sidiqi MD, Assistant professor of Cardiology at  Kabul University of Medical Science and Trainer  Echocardiologist at MoPH.

The team also includes 4 senior, 5 Junior cardiologists, and 10 Cardiac technologists and Echocardiographers. The Cardiology Division of Ariana Medical Complex has modern electro-medical equipment and appliances which include 2 catheterization laboratories, a 15-bed Coronary Care Unit (CCU) to carry out all necessary procedures related to diagnostic & interventional cardiology.In addition to this, we have a 10 bedded Cardiac High Dependency Unit (CHDU).


  • OPD
  • ECG
  • Trans Thoracic Echocardiography ( TTE)
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
  • Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography (DSE)
  • Exercise Stress Echocardiography ( ESE )
  • 24-48hours Holter Monitoring
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM )
  • Exercise Tolerance Test by Treadmill ( ETT  & TMT)
  • Bicycle ergometer Exercise Tolerance Test
  • Emergency and Selective Cardioversion


  • Coronary Angiography
  • Peripheral Angiography
  • Primary PTCA
  • Selective PTCA
  • Temporary and Permanent Pacemaker Implantation   ( TPI &PPI )


Cardiology Department provides consultation services in OPD on the 2nd  Floor through highly qualified and experienced Consultants from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm. However our emergency cardiac services are available 24/7.


Cardiology is a medical specialty concerned with disorders of the heart. It deals with the diagnosis and treatment of such conditions as congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, Cardiac Dysrhythmias, Cardiomyopathies & Myocarditis,  valvular heart disease, and preventive cardiology. Subspecialties of the cardiology field include  Noninvasive Cardiology,  Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology,  nuclear cardiology, and Preventive Cardiology.

Specialists in cardiology are called cardiologists. Cardiologists diagnose cardiovascular disorders by reviewing your medical history and perform a physical examination that may include checking your weight, blood pressure, heart, lungs,  blood vessels and using blood tests, Echocardiography ( the eyes of Cardiologist ) or Electrocardiography, Cardiac stress tests, Computed Tomography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging techniques. Your cardiologist may use Specific strategies to combat cardiovascular diseases include, Rheumatic Heart Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, Heart Failure,  by recommending lifestyle changes, medicine or procedures such us Angiography &  Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary  Angioplasty,  Pacemaker, and other device Implantation.

Cardiology tests  include :

  • Echocardiogram:  Soundwave picture to look at the structure and function of the heart.
  • Vascular Doppler: Ultrasound based evaluation of Arteries and Veins to detect Pathologies such as occlusion, narrowing, and internal layer thickening.
  • ECG:  recording of the cardiac electrical activity, the most commonly used exam in the cardiology field.
  • Ambulatory ECG: a recording during activity to look for abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Exercise test: a study to measure your heart’s performance and limitations.
  • Cardiac Catheterization: a test in which a small catheter is placed in or near the heart to take pictures of coronary arteries, look at how the heart is working, check the electrical system, or place a pacemaker to relieve electrical system blockage.
  • Angioplasty: when plaque closes the arteries, it becomes difficult for blood to flow normally. Angioplasty is inserting a tiny balloon into the closed vessel and pushes the plaque against the walls, allowing blood to flow.
  • Stenting: Stenting is usually done in conjunction with angioplasty. a cardiac stent is a small metal coil that permanently holds a blocked vessel open.
  • Holter  Monitors:  Holter monitors are cardiac events recorder, records cardiac electrical events for a set amount of time. it is one of the important tools for detecting cardiac electrical disturbances.
  • Cardiac CT: by using high tech X-ray machine, cardiac structure particularly coronary artery,  being evaluated.
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) : uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers or radiopharmaceuticals, a special camera and a computer to evaluate organ and tissue functions. By identifying changes at the cellular level, PET is used to detect cardiac cell viability.

Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation
In recent times, the focus is gradually shifting to Preventive cardiology due to increased Cardiovascular Disease burden at an early age. As per WHO, 37% of all premature deaths are due to cardiovascular diseases, and out of this, 82% are in low and middle-income countries. Clinical cardiology is the subspecialty of Cardiology which looks after preventive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation. Preventive cardiology also deals with routine preventive checkup though non-invasive tests specifically General Physical examination,  Electrocardiography,  Echocardiography, Vascular Doppler ( Flow-mediated Dilatation test, Carotid IMT, Ankle-brachial Index test  )  Stress Tests, Lipid Profile and to detect any cardiovascular diseases at an early age while cardiac rehabilitation is the upcoming branch of cardiology which helps a person regain his overall strength and live a normal life after a cardiovascular event. We perform all of these measures in the Ariana Hospital Cardiology department since 2008.

Dr. Abdul Wahed Sidiqi

Dr. Abdul Wahed Sidiqi was born in 1975 in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan,  graduated as MD in 2001 from Kabul  University of Medical Science, in 2004 joined as Assistant Professor at the Cardiology department of Kabul  University of Medical Science.

In 2006 got the first training of non-invasive Cardiology in Escort Heart Institute and Research center, India.
In 2007 completed the fellowship of Cardiology in the Netherlands.
In 2011 Participated in International advanced training of Cardiovascular application in Seoul  University South Korea.
In 2012 he awarded as Trainer of Echocardiography by Ministry of Public Health.
in 2014 he Completed ACLS Training Program in Virginia University of United State of America.
in 2015 – 2017 got Master Degree of Invasive Cardiology in Avesina Tajik Medical University of Tajikistan and 2018 completed the Master program of  Advanced  TTE & TEE in Vienna Medical University.

  • Working as Assistant Professor of Cardiology in Kabul Medical University  since 2004
  • Establishment of Ariana Hospital in 2008, working as President and Head of Cardiology in This Hospital
  • Conducting Basic and advanced Training of Echocardiography since 2009 ( more than 120 Doctors from all over the country trained )
  • Establishment of Echocardiography Society of Afghanistan in 2010
  • Establishment of Afghanistan Cardiovascular Association in 2014
  • Working as Medical Director of Heart Institute of Kabul Medical University from 2015 -2018
  • Conducting ACLS and BLS training for the first time for Doctors, Medical Students and Anesthesiologist  in Kabul Medical Univesity and Ariana Hospital  and Herat Province Since 2015 ( more than 800 Trained )
  • Publishing ACLS book in Dari Language in 2016
  • Establishment of Arian Medical Complex ( one of the best state of the art Hospital in Afghanistan )
  • Conducting Doppler Training Program for Female Doctors at Ariana Hospital By supporting of USAID in 2015 – 2017
  • Became Professional member of European Society of Cardiology in 2017

Ariana Medical Complex is a well running & Hi-tech hospital Kabul Afghanistan. It is fully equipped with latest and most modern state of art medical and surgical machinery. A team of well-qualified Doctors and trained paramedical staff manage the hospital.

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