TIRUCHY: The Gleneagles Global Hospital Chennai announced the launch of its Heart Failure Clinic and Heart Transplantation Services in Tiruchy on Friday.
Dr R Ravi Kumar, senior transplant cardiologist, Associate Director Heart, and Lung transplantation institute, of the hospital, told reporters here that heart failure is a deadly disease that affects other organs like the liver, kidneys, and brain, if not treated promptly and accurately.
To address this disturbing trend, the hospital has initiated a network of dedicated heart failure clinics in many parts of the country. In Tiruchy the hospital has tied up with Rana Hospital to provide early treatment of heart failure and also serve as a nodal centre for post-operative care of heart transplant patients.
Dr Senthil Kumar Nallusamy, chief interventional cardiologist and Dr N Arun Kumar, interventional cardiologist of Rana hospitals will oversee the daily functioning of this program while utilising the expertise of doctors from our institute, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Senthilkumar Nallusamy said to identify the patients with heart failure and providing proper guidance for treatment of heart failure, proper selection of patients with heart failure for Heart Transplant surgery was the key.
He said the main aim is to make the facility of heart transplant possible for patients in Tiruchy. So, after proper selection, the patient will be referred from Rana Hospital to Global Hospital in Chennai.
It might be recalled that Dr Senthilkumar Nallusamy had placed Tiruchy in the world map with respect to organ donation by creating a Guinness record for largest awareness lecture on organ donation in 2017.
To a question, Dr Ravi Kumar said that the prevalence of heart failure patients in India has been estimated to be about 90 lakh in a population of 1.2 billion. Going by international data, 6-8 per cent would be in advanced heart failure, that is, 6-8 lakh patients might need heart transplantation as a life-saving measure every year.
He said that Tamil Nadu has been at the top and leading state in India for deceased organ donors with average donation numbers of around 200 per year for the last few years..
V. Bhaskar Reddy, head-sales and marketing of the hospital said thanks to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s comprehensive health insurance scheme, the heart transplantation exercise to the needy is performed total free, against the cost worth about Rs 25 lakh.
During the press conference, a few patients from Chennai, Nagapattinam, and Pudukkottai who have undergone heart transplantation at Global hospital shared their experiences on availing timely and precise medical attention....