Free angioplasty and stenting for 175 Indian patients

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India is the country with more than 1.1 billion population and is facing increased cardiovascular and diabetic patients more than ever.  There are many people, who can not afford treatment for fatal disease such as heart disease.  Angioplasty and stenting is non-invasive therapy for treatment of Cardiovascular Arterial Disease (CAD), in which blocked or narrowed artery in heart is opened by use of balloon or stent (metal scaffold).  Angioplasty and stenting have benefits compared to open heart surgery due to its non-invasive nature. Angioplasty could be have  similar or more cost than open heart surgery.  

Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in collaboration with Dr Govindaraju Subramani Heart Foundation gave free angioplasty and stenting to 175 patients over a period of six days.  The procedures were part of Indo-American Angioplasty workshop and are being referred as India’s biggest angioplasty workshop.  

Dr CN Manjunath, Director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research acknowledged that 500 such angioplasty procedures have been conducted, in the past, in collaboration with mentioned foundation and Medtronic Vascular Division, USA. 

 

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The workshop was held between October 4 to October 9 and it was revealed that the foundation had donated the stents worth Rs 1.5 crore. 

I feel that angioplasty workshops are great effort put forth by foundation, hospital and the device company that address the growing need of Indian cardiovascular disease sector.  I hope many more workshops are organized across whole country, which apart from procedures, spreads the awareness of preventing heart disease.

Source: Times of India

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