Heart problems also affect other organs: Apollo Hospitals mandates an interdisciplinary approach to heart failure

Heart problems also affect other organs: Apollo Hospitals mandates an

interdisciplinary approach to heart failure

· 54% of deaths in Chennai are due to heart attacks and other cardiac related ailments · Tamil Nadu has witnessed increasing number of cadaver heart transplants and advances in drug, medical and surgical devices in the field of cardiac transplantation have improved the outlook of patients Chennai, 3 rd February:With growing number of heart related ailments in younger population, heart disease is emerging as the number one cause of death among Indians. There is a huge unmet need for managing heart failure in India and the prevalence of heart failure is estimated to be around 4 to 5 million. Heart disease is a growing epidemic in India however continuous advancements in treatment, surgical devices, drugs and effective cardiac transplantation methods have been changing the scenario in dealing with heart patients. Highlighting on the care provided for heart patients, Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said,“Heart problems also affect other organs which makes it challenging for a single physician to provide comprehensive care. It is of utmost importance for doctors in other specialties to know about heart failure and administer essential treatments concerning multiple organs.” Heart Failure is fast becoming a staggering public health burden. India is the capital of diabetes & coronary disease in world both of which cause heart failure. “A failing heart affects all other organs too. No longer is heart failure manageable by a single doctor making multi-disciplinary approach a necessity.Our interdisciplinary team of doctors (Cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, pulmonologists, nephrologists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, immunologists, infectious disease specialists) was developed over the last 13 years. This led to delivering a very high level of care to these very unfortunate and sick patients of whom a large number are very young.” says Dr. Sunder T, Senior Cardiothoracic & Heart-Lung Transplant Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals. The risk factors of heart diseases include other physical conditions such as blood pressure, diabetes, kidney related ailments and so on. “A healthcare service doesn’t limit to just completing the heart transplant or surgery successfully, but it also involves post surgery care and rehabilitation which includes proper diet regime, psychological counseling and a constant check on organ functions. We have been achieving this through our multi speciality services and will continue to improve this in a cost effective manner. Such comprehensive care was not available 10 years ago, but with developments in healthcare, we are able to provide interdisciplinary services. Access to such healthcare is improving and will continue to improve in the coming years,” he adds. There is an increasing number of heart transplants in Tamil Nadu since 2008. With improved technology, surgical devices and with infrastructural developments like green corridors, transportation of heart and other organs have become possible inter -city and intra-state. On multi-organ transplants, Dr Sunder says, “Heart Failure by its inability to pump blood eventually affects all organs in the body – notably the lungs, kidneys and the liver. In advanced cases, performing a heart transplant alone will not suffice and combined transplants of heart ,lung, kidney or liver may be needed.” Apollo Hospitals, Chennai has performed the largest number of multi-organ transplants like combined heart-lung, combined heart –liver and combined heart- lung-kidney transplants in India. “The multi-disciplinary team has looked into ways to contain costs without compromising on patient safety and we would be happy to deliver the same standards of care to patients with heart failure who come under government schemes so that the poor people will be benefited.”he added The event ended with the announcement of the 3 rd Annual conference on heart failure which will be held on 4 th and 5 th of February. The conference will bring together doctors from different specialties also including medical professionals like nurses, physiotherapists, nutritionists and transplant coordinators to share their experience and ideas in the field. “This conference highlights the interdisciplinary approach – hence the name “Heart Failure 360 Degrees” and will highlight our experience and the high standards of care in Indian conditions so that other centers and people at large can benefit from these experiences,” he concluded. About Apollo Hospitals group : It was in 1983, that Dr.Prathap Reddy made a pioneering endeavour bylaunching India’s first corporate hospital - Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Over the years ApolloHospitals has established itself as home to the largest cardiac practice in India with over 160,000cardiac surgeries. Apollo Hospitals is also the world’s largest private cancer care provider and runsthe world’s leading solid organ transplant program.Now, as Asia’s largest and most trusted healthcare group, its presence includes 8,488 beds across 51 Hospitals, 1,586 Pharmacies, 92 Primary Care and Diagnostic Clinics, 100 Telemedicine units across10 countries. Health Insurance services, Global Projects Consultancy, 15 colleges of Nursing andHospital Management and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials,epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research and the first Proton Therapy Center acrossAsia, Africa and Australia.In a rare honor, the Government of India issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo'scontribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr.Prathap C Reddy,was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010. For more than 28 years, the ApolloHospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Our hospitals are consistently rankedamongst the best hospitals globally for advanced medical services and research.