Chandigarh, Apr 12 UNI | 4 months ago

The Third National Heart failure Summit and Live Workshop and Symposium on Interventional Cardiology began here today.

Titled as 'Intervening To Save Hearts,' the renowned international cardiologist Dr HK Bali is organising it under the aegis of 'The Heart Foundation' Chandigarh.

Dr Bali said it was largest ever conference held in the city with 113 faculty and 550 delegates attending it. World famous cardiologists from Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and abroad have landed.

Interacting with media on the first day of the conference, Dr HK Bali said highlight of the conference were two live demonstration sessions held on the ways to use various types of heart failure devices that was beamed live from the Fortis Hospital to summit site at JW Marriot Hotel.

Dr Bali conducted both the sessions in the Cath Lab of Fortis, which doctors at JW Marriot not only saw it live but also asked live questions to Dr Bali.

The live beamed procedure was performed on a 65 year old male from Karnal who had been suffering from severe heart failure for many years. He was given a biventricular pacemaker (CRT-D). The procedure lasted for 45 minutes and was done under local anesthesia. Similarly a 60 year old male from Chandigarh had suffered multiple heart attacks over the last five years. Because of this, his heart muscle had become very weak and EF (heart pumping) was only 15 per cent. He had been admitted three times in the last three months with severe heart failure. He was also given a CRT-D (biventricular pacemaker).

Both patients are doing fine. 'Today's morning session included experts' talk on various aspects of heart diseases including latest in treating heart attack, severe coronary artery disease, heart failure, carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, arrhythmias and this will continue till April 13 evening,' he said.

An important aspect of the event is lecture on management of heart disease in patients with diabetes, kidney failure and peripheral artery disease. Experts will deliberate on steps to be taken to prevent heart disease in Indians particularly in young. Latest guidelines in managing hypertension, lipid disorders, heart attack and heart failure will be discussed with particular emphasis on their relevance to Indian patients.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)