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Cardiologists' meet gets under way GUNTUR: The 14th annual conference of the Cardiological Society of India, A.P. Chapter, began on Saturday at NRI Medical College and General Hospital with cardiologists from all over the world deliberating on various aspects of the Coronary Heart Disease (CHD).

With India expected to carry half of the world's burden of people suffering from Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVD) by the year 2050 and a large proportion of people in the high-risk group, the conference was expected to find better ways of prevention and management of heart diseases. The conference also discussed about the lacunae in the existing health insurance covers offered by the government and private players and recommended several suggestions.
Cardiac transplantation

Vice-Chancellor of NTR University of Health Sciences A.V. Krishnam Raju set the tone for the two-day conference by urging doctors to spend more time with patients and their families, guiding them through the prognosis of the patient. He also asked them to aim for excellence and fine tune the "art of practising medicine" and aim to become "super physicians."

Medical Director, Centre for Heart Transplant and Assist Devices, Advocate Christ Medical Centre, Illinois, USA, Geeta Bhat, a world renowned heart transplant surgeon, presented a paper on Management of Advanced Heart Failure.

An UNOS certified transplant cardiologist, she said that though cardiac transplantation could improve the survival and quality of life in patients with severe heart failure, it has its limitations on the donor availability.

Chief Cardiologist of Ramesh Cardiac and Multi-speciality Hospital, Vijayawada, P. Ramesh Babu, who talked on Primary PCI Vs Fibrinolysis, said that the primary 'prcutaneous coronary interventions' would play a greater role in the management of patients suffering from Acute Myocardial Infraction (AMI).
A myth

Cardiologists from Guntur - R. Murali Babu Rao and K. Srinivasa Reddy - also spoke. Dr. Reddy said that the myth of having High Density Levels of cholesterol was good for the person is wrong and said that even HDL should be kept under control.

The conference also discussed about an important aspect in the health delivery system, that of medical insurance. Senior cardiologist, KIMS Hospital, V. Dayasagara Rao, while speaking on Insurance and Arogyasri Scheme - Challenges and Opportunities, called for raising awareness levels on health insurance (just 3 per cent of population in India is covered under health insurance), collecting a data pool on the demography of diseases and standardisation of cost of treatment and providing tax benefits to health insurance providers.

Society president Meeraji Rao, organising secretary Ravi Chandra and convener and HoD, Cardiology Department, K. Gopala Krishna, were present.


Free cardiac camp

Bangalore: BGS Global Hospitals will conduct a free cardiac camp on July 23 at Government Higher Primary School at Jaraganahalli on Kanakapura Road. Patients can avail consultation and ECG free of charges at the camp that will be held from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. A blood donation camp has been organised. For details, call 9448076727.


Seminar on interventional cardiology

KOCHI: The eighth annual meet of the Interventional Cardiology Council of Kerala would begin on Saturday at Ramada Resorts, Aroor.

Addressing a press meet here on Friday, the organising secretary of the conference, Dr. Manu Varma, said that there had been a 100 per cent growth in primary angioplasty treatment which has brought down the fatality rate of heart attacks from 5-7 per cent to 1-2 per cent.

It is the basic treatment done at cathlab centres that help remove the blocks in the arteries that lead to heart attacks.

With 34 cathlab centres in Kerala, the procedure has also become accessible to people.

About 10,000 angioplasty procedures are being done in a year here. This means that the people have accepted primary angioplasty as part of the cardiac treatment, said Dr. Varma. According to a study by the Varkala ICDS block, 38,000 people in the State die due to cardiac problems. About 1.5 lakh people every year are getting some kind of cardiac disorder and the main reasons are diabetes, high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol and smoking. The two-day meet that would be a platform to exchange ideas and technology would also be a training ground for technicians and nurses in the cathlabs. Dr. V. Ramakrishna Pillai, president of the Cardiology Council, would inaugurate the programme.

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