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Cardiology Department, Kokura Memorial Hospital

Conditions Treated
Ischemic Heart Disease, Severe Heart Failure, Arrhythmia, Peripheral Arterial Disease.

Treatment Methods
(Various Catheter and Other Treatments for Cardiovascular Diseases)

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), one of the therapy methods for ischemic heart disease, is a therapy that requires no open thoracic surgery (thoracotomy) due to the use of a catheter. Therefore, unlike the coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), it is minimally invasive, and the patient is hospitalized for only a few days before returning to normal life. We treat 2,500 cases a year, which ranks us among the top in Japan. We have experience and the technology in treating triple vessel disease, as well as in operating on patients with deteriorated heart function using PCI, a procedure not available in many other institutions.

In addition, when using a catheter, the abnormal conductive tissue (pathway) is ablated. To cure cardiac arrhythmia completely, catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation, still known to be a new challenge in this field, is used here at our hospital. We have performed more than 800 cases of catheter ablation, and disappearance of fibrillation was observed in over 80% of the patients.

Endovascular intervention (intravascular surgery) used for peripheral arterial disease amounts to 600 cases annually and we pride ourselves in attaining the highest number of cases performed in Japan. Furthermore, we are one of the few hospitals that can treat below-the-knee lesions using this method.

For patients who have heart failure, a pacemaker implant is usually for the right ventricle only. However, for patients with extremely deteriorated heart function, it can be effective to use a dual-chamber pacing with an indwelling pacemaker in which the pacing leads are inserted into the right and left ventricles. Because this technology requires advanced knowledge and skills, the number of facilities that can provide this procedure is very limited. We have performed over 400 such surgeries, which accounts for approximately 20% of the total number of surgeries performed in Japan, making us the most experienced hospital in this regard.

Features of Our Hospital

Up until now, we have been promoting advanced medicine as an emergency hospital that supports community healthcare. In addition to that mission, in order to actively receive international patients and to establish a medical hub from which we can send healthcare information throughout the world, we relocated to a new site at the end of 2010.

At our new hospital, medical facilities are fully equipped with heart catheter rooms, surgery rooms, and other facilities. Half of the patient rooms are private rooms, designed to protect the patient’s privacy. We have staff members fluent in 3 languages (English, Chinese, and Russian) who can assist you with your needs, and there are multilingual signs and information materials prepared for you. We have already hired many residents from overseas, and through these doctors, we are making progress in international medical cooperation. The international medical cooperation office will be in charge of admitting patients from overseas.

We are a general hospital with a total of 23 clinical departments, serving patients with chronic diseases and complications as well as other needs. The most distinctive feature of our hospital is the high quality catheter treatments for cardiovascular diseases and the number of cases performed. Former Hospital Director Dr. Masakiyo Nobuyoshi is an internationally renowned surgeon and PCI pioneer in Japan. Over 50,000 PCI procedures have been performed at Kokura Memorial Hospital. Our hospital ranks among the top not only in Japan but also the world for the number of surgeries of any disease performed using a catheter in a single medical facility.

At Kokura, we practice medicine based on our time-honored motto: “Simple, speedy, and safe.”

Thus, in order to relieve both physical and emotional stress on the patient, every surgical procedure we apply is not only an advanced treatment method, but also safe and performed in a very short period of time.

Treatment Results

Treatment Results

A Message to International Patients from Our Hospital

Dr. Masashi Iwabuchi
Dr. Masashi Iwabuchi
Executive Director of the Cardiology Department

We firmly believe that our mission is to treat as many patients as possible who are suffering from cardiovascular disease, but have difficulty receiving medical care in their own countries. In order to achieve our goal, we have established the international medical cooperation office as a way to accept international patients. Our experienced doctors and collaborative team perform PCIs for ischemic heart disease. This procedure is minimally invasive, and the prognosis using this procedure is excellent, providing an outstanding life-prolonging effect. Also, for patients with other types of severe heart disease, by using our advanced technology and facilities, we may be able to provide minimally invasive surgical procedures that can be considered technically difficult at other hospitals. It is our sincere hope that you do not lose hope and consult us regarding your health concerns.

Overview of the Treatment Schedule
(Model Case: Percutaneous Coronary Intervention)

Once all data, such as electrocardiograms (ECG) and others, are evaluated, your admission will be determined. A preparation time of approximately 1 month will be allocated from the time of your admittance to the day of your visit to Japan.


External View of Our Hospital Entrance Hall
Spacious Hallway with Vaulted Ceiling
Special Room at Our Cardiovascular Center
This is a private room of approximately 200 m2, with a panoramic ocean view of the Kanmon Strait from the window. Overnight stay(s) are possible for up to 5 people and an SP waiting room is also available. Other special rooms and private rooms of various sizes are also available.
Hospital Contact Information
Established 1916
(Relocated to the new site at the end of 2010)
Clinical Departments
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), Endovascular Intervention (Intravascular Surgery), Catheter Ablation Treatment, Pacemaker, Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD), Dual Chamber Pacing
Payment Methods
Direct Deposit, Credit Card (JCB, American Express, VISA, MasterCard, DC, UFJ. Nicos, China UnionPay Card)


3-2-1 Asano. Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka 802-8555
5 minutes on foot from the Shinkansen Exit of the JR Kokura Station
30 minutes from
Kitakyushu Airport by car
http://www.kokurakinen.or.jp (Japanese)
(English, Chinese, Russian and Arabic)