Dr. Avnish Jolly, Chandigarh, 12th October, 2008 : Women are prone to heart disease though it is another thing that due to a typical symptoms the problem does not get diagnosed at early stages, said Dr. J.P.S. Sawhney, consultant cardiologist with Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi.
Addressing the one day Prime CME2008 at Hotel Shivalikview here today, Dr. Sawhney said that US studies have shown cardiac problem resulting in more deaths of women than men. Referring to another study of European clinical data, 53.4% of women as compared to only 41.3% of men have died of cardiac disease.
Though cardiac treatment is gender neutral, Dr. Sawhney suggested to nearly 400 participating medical practitioners at CME to take extra care of the women in diagnosing the problem since the risk factors contribute more to the health of their heart compared to men. He said no woman is unemployed especially in India, where they are taking care of their home as well as work without any additional help which makes them prone to more psycho-social stress.
Dr. T.S. Kler, Executive Director, Escorts Heart Institute, said that cardiac resynchronisation therapy which involves implantation of specialised pacemakers are not only improving the quality of life of heart patients but also adding to longivity.
Dr. Kler also inaugurated the latest 3D echocardiography machine, one of the very few installed in the country and the first one in the northern region, which has been installed at the Prime Diagnostic Centre in Chandigarh.
Dr. U.P. Singh, Director, Prime Diagnostic Centre, informed that the exceptional 3D imaging capability of the newly acquired iE33 which provides three-dimensional view enabling the cardiologist to easily diagnose the heart problem with complete accuracy.
Dr. K.K. Talwar, Director, PGIMER, spoke about the new pharmacological agents availabile in cardiology.
Dr. Rajneesh Malhotra, senior consultant cardiac surgeon of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, said that Indian hospitals are well equipped with the world class equipment and internationally respected medical practitioners who are delivering the best medical treatment at highly affordable cost compared to the western countries. He said that medical value travel can contribute Rs.5,000 to Rs.10,000 crores in revenue for the tertiary hospitals in India by 2012 and will account for 3 to 5 percent of the total healthcare delivery market.
The problem of early diagnosis of congenital cardiac disorder is another significant area where the medical practitioners need to focus on amongst children, which, if delayed, could lead to irreperable damage to the heart that can prove fatal, said Dr. Vikas Kohli, Chief Paediatric Cardiologist of Apollo Hospital, New Delhi.
Dr. U.P. Singh, Director of Prime Heart and Vascular Institute, Mohali, shared the latest advances in echocardiography, Dr. Puneet Verma, Executive Director, Prime Heart Institute, Mohali, shared the latest practices in managing a decompensated heart failure amongst patients. Dr. T.P. Singh and Dr. Amit Chandra, of Prime Heart also spoke about the newer procedures in cardiac diagnosis and surgery.
Prime Academic Society, founded in 2000, had been regularly organising CMEs to update the knowledge of general medical practitioners.