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BMB focuses on New Technology in Cardiac Care

RAJKUMAR DAS : BM Birla Heart Research Centre, a Super-Specialty Cardiac Institute observed an insightful and engaging session with eminent cardiologists and their patients who underwent high end complicated cardiac procedures right in the midst of the pandemic. The hospital granted a new lease of life to many who overcame their fears and inhibitions to visit the hospital. With gratitude and kindness, patients today spoke about their experiences.

Eminent cardiologists and cardiac surgeons who have witnessed the evolution of cardiac science with advancement of technological innovations and have immensely contributed to the specialized field have been the key to saving the lives of many during the lockdown. Cardiologists, Dr. Anil Mishra, Dr. Anjan Siotia, Dr. Ashok B Malpani, Dr.

Dhiman Kahali, Dr. Tarun Praharaj, Dr. Shuvo Dutta, Dr. Sabyasachi Pal and Cardiac Surgeons like Dr. Manoj Daga and Dr. Ratan Das shared insights into how new cardiac therapies are adapting to the advancement of technology and how high-end procedures have benefitted patients. Path breaking procedures such as the Intra Vascular Lithotripsy or the Shock Boom Therapy, leadless pacemakers and the new Gallart Device (CRTD) which is implanted on a patient and can be operated via bluetooth on smart phones, were only some of the topics of discussion.

Dr. Simmardeep Gill, COO, CK Birla Hospitals salutes all doctors and medical staff, who have been doing a marvelous job in these trying times. He opines, “As BMB enters its 31st Anniversary, we would like to focus on the innovative robust digital transformation, which would not only create a seamless platform for communication but would also enable us to better manage cardiac care. Going forward we would analyze clinical data to identify opportunities to improve utilization, make care-delivery processes more effective, enhance the quality of diagnoses and lower the risk of missed opportunities. We hope to leverage a wide variety of self-innovative tools and platforms to manage and analyze this data, to generate significant insights and ensure a deep patient-doctor bond through virtual reality and augmented reality.’

Being a dedicated facility for providing cardiac care, BM Birla Heart Research Centre has some of the most accomplished Cardiologists, who have decades of experience in diagnosing complex heart problems. Their extensive practice at various elite medical establishments around the world gives them an edge at delivering superior clinical services. Now aided by the most modern technologies for heart care to help patients heal faster, the center will strive to be the epicenter of Cardiac Care in eastern India with cutting-edge technology for accurate diagnosis and effective treatment and management of heart diseases.

Open-heart surgery simplified

A conventional open-heart surgery, involving a long stay at the hospital and a longer recovery time, is the usual procedure to replace a non-functional valve.

But under a new minimally invasive method, in which a catheter is inserted through a very small opening in the leg, the hospital stay is much shorter and the recovery time quicker.

Doctors at a city hospital on Wednesday explained some innovations in cardiology. Here’s a lowdown on some of them.

Valve

On most occasions, replacement of a dysfunctional valve requires an open-heart procedure, in which the chest is surgically cut open to implant a new valve.

“But under a new method, all it takes to implant a new valve is inserting a catheter through a small opening in the groin. As a result, the patient’s hospital stay is much shorter,” said Anjan Siotia, interventional cardiologist at the BM Birla Heart Research Centre.

The new method is called transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). A woman underwent a TAVI surgery at the hospital during the lockdown and was doing fine, the doctor said.

Pacemaker

A leadless mini pacemaker, roughly one-tenth the size of a usual pacemaker, was flaunted at the programme.

A conventional pacemaker, that signals the heart to beat when the heartbeat is irregular, comprises a pulse generator, one or more leads and an electrode on each lead. The lead is an insulated wire connecting the generator and the heart’s chambers.

“Some of the complications associated with conventional pacemakers with lead are infections, hematoma and lead fracture. The leadless pacemakers do not have these complications. The mini pacemaker is implanted through a small hole in the femoral artery (groin), similar to an angioplasty. There is no need for a surgical incision in the chest. The surgery is a quicker process. The mini pacemaker lasts around 10-12 years, similar to a conventional pacemaker,” said Anil Mishra, interventional cardiologist at the Alipore hospital.

Bluetooth-enabled pacemakers were also being used on cardiac patients, especially those who cannot visit the hospital regularly, doctors said.

“The device can be connected to the patient’s phone. All the data can be accessed by a central server. A patient living at Alipore can visit us anytime he wants but the same is not true for patients living far away,” said Siotia.

The new innovations are mostly dependent on imported devices and the surgeries are costlier than conventional procedures.

“Implanting a mini pacemaker could cost two times the surgery to implant a conventional pacemaker,” said an official of the hospital.

Exercise regularly, avoid junk food to avoid heart diseases: BM Birla cardiologists

Kolkata: Senior doctors of Kolkata’s BM Birla Heart Research Centre have stressed on the need to exercise regularly to keep heart healthy.

“You have to ask people to exercise more,” cardiologist Dr. Dhiman Kahali told reporters.

He also advised people to avoid consuming junk foods.

“Eating healthy food is another crucial thing which everyone should follow,” he said.

BM Birla Heart Research Centre, a Super-Specialty Cardiac Institute, observed an insightful and engaging session with eminent cardiologists and their patients who underwent high end complicated cardiac procedures right in the midst of the pandemic.

Cardiologist Dr. Anil Mishra said the hospital tries to implement all the latest technologies available to them in treating their patients.

Cardiologists, Dr. Anil Mishra, Dr. Anjan Siotia, Dr. Ashok B Malpani, Dr. Dhiman Kahali, Dr. Tarun Praharaj, Dr. Shuvo Dutta, Dr. Sabyasachi Pal and Cardiac Surgeons like Dr. Manoj Daga and Dr. Ratan Das shared insights into how new cardiac therapies are adapting to the advancement of technology and how high-end procedures have benefitted patients.

Crucial procedures such as the Intra Vascular Lithotripsy or the Shock Boom Therapy, leadless pacemakers and the new Gallart Device (CRTD) which is implanted on a patient and can be operated via bluetooth on smart phones, were only some of the topics of discussion that were highlighted by the doctors during the event.

Dr. Simmardeep Gill, COO, CK Birla Hospitals said: “As BMB enters its 31st Anniversary, we would like to focus on the innovative robust digital transformation, which would not only create a seamless platform for communication but would also enable us to better manage cardiac care.”

“Going forward we would analyze clinical data to identify opportunities to improve utilization, make care-delivery processes more effective, enhance the quality of diagnoses and lower the risk of missed opportunities,” he said.

“We hope to leverage a wide variety of self-innovative tools and platforms to manage and analyze this data, to generate significant insights and ensure a deep patient-doctor bond through virtual reality and augmented reality,” the COO said.

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