Makiminato Chuo Hospital
Makiminato Chuo Hospital
TEL: 098-877-0575 (24-HR JPN)
TEL: 098-878-8630 (ENG)

Arrhythmia and Heart Failure Division

Arrhythmia and heart failure treatment at Makiminato Chuo Hospital began in May 2011 with a team of doctors from the Ryukyus University Hospital. In the ten years of its establishment (May 2011 to December 2020), the team has performed 604 cases device implantation (pacemakers, ICD, CRT) and 2,774 cases of high-frequency catheter ablation for arrhythmia. In arrhythmia treatment, we employ the latest angiography system, EP workstation, and 3D mapping system; and in device monitoring, we are the first in Okinawa to introduce the home-monitoring system for ICD, cutting travel costs for patients on offshore islands. In future, we look to introduce robotic navigation system for arrhythmia treatment and percutaneous left atrial appendage closure device for stroke prevention in Afib patients.   

Key Treatments

  • High-frequency, cryo-freezing catheter ablation (for tachycardia arrhythmia including persistent Afib)
  • Cryo-freezing, endoscopic laser balloon catheter ablation (for paroxysmal Afib)
  • Permanent pacemaker implantation (for bradycardia arrhythmia)
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation (for ventricular tachycardia, fatal arrhythmia such as fibrillation)
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator implantation (for severe heart failure)
  • Wearable cardiac defibrillator (WCD)
  • Implantable loop recorder (ILR)

Our Doctors

Vice President

Executive Manager

Arrhythmia Outpatient

Dr. HIGA, Satoshi Higa, PhD, FHRS

Professional Affiliations

The Japanese Society of Internal Medicine

Japanese Circulation Society

Japanese Heart Rhythm Society

Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society

Heart Rhythm Society

Professional Credentials

Ph.D. in Medical Science

Board certified internal medicine doctor of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine

Board certified specialist of the Japanese Circulation Society

Board certified arrhythmia specialist of the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society

Fellow of the American Heart Rhythm Society

Professional Faculties

Japanese Heart Rhythm Society (Board of Trustees, International Exchange Committee, Asia-Pacific Subcommittee Member, Kyushu-Okinawa Subdivision Steering Committee)

Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Meeting(Faculty 2007-2010, 2012-2013, 2015-2016, 2018, 2019)

3rd Indonesian Heart Rhythm Society Meeting (Faculty 2015)

2nd – 5th THRS Annual Conference in Conjunction with International Forum of Ventricular Arrhythmia in Taipei, Taiwan (Faculty 2016-19)

APHRS Ablation Curriculum in Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan (Faculty, 2017)

Taiwan Heart Rhythm Society AF Ablation 20th Anniversary Forum (Faculty, 2017) 

NPO Japan ICD (Advisor)

社団法人 沖縄内科学学術研究振興会理事

沖縄県国民健康保険診療報酬審査委員会委員

International Medical Journal Peer Reviewer

American Journal of Cardiology (Top 20 Non-board AJC Reviewers for 2017)

Critical Care Medicine

Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology

Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

Molecular Medicine Reports

Heart Rhythm

Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology

Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology

Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology

International Journal of Molecular Medicine

Circulation Journal

Acta Cardiologica Sinica

European Journal of Clinical Investigation

The International Journal of Cardiology

The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging

Cardiology Research and Practice

American Journal of Translational Research

Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research

Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine

PACE 

Nutrition Research

Journal of Biomedical Science Life Sciences

Pharmacology

Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology

Journal of Arrhythmia

Internal Medicine

Biomedical Reports

Gynecological Endocrinology 

Oncotarget

World Academy of Sciences Journal

Molecular and Clinical Oncology

Oncology Letters

Others

Selection, Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2012-16, International Who’s Who of Professionals 2013, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering 2016-2017

Nominee, IBC 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century-2013, 2015

Nominee, IBC Leading Health Professionals of the World -2013

Listee, IBC Top 100 Health Professionals -2013

Listee, IBC Top 100 Educators -2013

The Cambridge Certificate for Outstanding Medical Achievement

The International Plato Award for Educational Achievement-Iconic Achievers- (IBC: International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England)

Overseas Medical Mentions

Dr. Higa’s previous scientific contributions is available in ResearchGate, a new way to measure scientific reputation. RG Score is calculated based on the publications in his profile and how other researchers interact with his content on ResearchGate. RG Score takes all his research and turns it into a source of reputation. His score (36.95) is higher than 95% of all ResearchGate members.

Dr. Higa’s expertise in atrial fibrillation ranks in the top 3.8% in the world by Expert Scape, a healthcare search and ranking website to find the most knowledgeable doctors and medical centers for thousands of medical conditions and topics in the world.

Dr. Higa’s previous scientific contributions are available in Publons, PubFacts, Semantic Scholar, Google Scholar, Scopus, ORCID, LOOP, literature-based scientific professional networks of publications, citation metrics (h-index 27), peer reviews, and journal editing work.

Domestic Medical Mentions

Noted Doctors of Japan (18 Noted Arrhythmia Doctors)

Doctors Guide (14 Competent Arrhythmia Doctors)

Medical Current Affairs (14 Significant Arrhythmia Doctors)

Clintal Beta, the Michelin Guide to noted doctors (21 Noted Arrhythmia Doctors)

『手術数でわかるいい病院2017:全国&地方別ランキング』, 朝日 MOOK

『手術実績で探す名医のいる病院2018』『心筋焼灼術専門医師12名』, 医療新聞社

Medical News Digital 「最新治療データで探す『名医のいる病院』2020-22」「主要疾患の名医リスト2020-22」「心疾患の名医」

   

Division Director of Ablation Treatment

Arrhythmia Outpatient

Dr. ISHIGAKI, Sugako

Professional Affiliations

The Japanese Society of Internal Medicine 

Japanese Circulation Society 

Japanese Heart Rhythm Society 

Professional Credentials

Board certified internal medicine doctor of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine

Board certified specialist of the Japanese Circulation Society

Board certified arrhythmia specialist of the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society

Professional Faculties

Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Meeting(Faculty 2018)
   

Division Director of Device Treatment  

Arrhythmia/Pacemaker Outpatient

Dr. MAESATO, Akira, Ph.D.

Professional Affiliations

The Japanese Society of Internal Medicine

Japanese Circulation Society

Japanese Heart Rhythm Society 

Professional Credentials

Ph.D. in Medical Science

Board certified internal medicine doctor of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine

Board certified specialist of the Japanese Circulation Society

Board certified arrhythmia specialist of the Japanese Heart Rhythm Society

Board certified occupational physician of Japan Medical Association

Professional Faculties

Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Meeting(Faculty 2018, 2019)

Key Apparatuses

  • EP workstation/ recording system
    • Bard Lab System (Bard/Boston Scientific)
  • 3D mapping system
    • EnSite Velocity System (Abbott)
    • Biosense Webster CARTO3 System (Johnson&Johnson)
    • Rhythmia Mapping System (Boston Scientific)
  • Stimulator
    • Computer Stimulator (MicroPace/Boston Scientific)
  • Radiofrequency delivery apparatus
    • RF Generator (Century Medical/Japan Lifeline/Abbott/Johnson&Johnson)
    • Irrigation Catheter System (Abbott/Johnson&Johnson/Boston Scientific)
  • Cryo-freezing ablation system
    • Arctic Front Advance (balloon) and Freezer MAX (non-balloon)
    • CryoConsole (Medtronic)
  • Endoscopy laser ablation system
    • HeartLight (CardioFocus/Japan Lifeline)
  • Esophagus temperature monitoring system
    • CIRCA S-CATH (CIRCA Scientific)
  • Others
    • Biplane Cineangio system (Allura Xper FD20/10 Philips)
    • Radiation protection cabin for EP (CATHPAX/Century Medical)
    • Intra-aortic balloon pumping (IABP) (Arrow International)
    • Percutaneous cardiopulmonary support (PCPS) (Medtronic)
    • 4D echocardiogram (ACUSON SC2000 Ultrasound System, Siemens)
    • Transesophageal echocardiogram (Siemens)
    • Portable echocardiogram (ACUSON P3000 Ultrasound System, Siemens)
    • Holter ECG (DSC-3300, Nihon Kohden)
(Philips, Allura Xper FD20/10)

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