Situation alarming: Docs
PATNA: Senior cardiologists of the country have expressed their serious concern over the rising incidence of valvular heart disease. They warned, if quick and effective remedial measures were not taken, the situation might totally spin out of control.
Participating in the “1st East India Heart Valve Symposium here, experts said, rheumatic fever was the commonest cause of the ailment, which could be prevented by administering penicillin. “But it is sad that penicillin vials are more often not available in the market as pharmaceutical companies have stopped manufacturing them,” they said. The programme was jointly organised by the Jeevak Heart Hospital & Research Institute, Patna and St Jude Medical.
Dr Pramod Kumar from New Delhi, said techniques for replacing the diseased heart valves without surgical interventions, despite being expensive, was very effective. He, however, said with time, the technique would replace the conventional method and also be cost effective.
Organising secretary of the symposium and a leading cardiologist, Dr Ajit Pradhan opined, that by resorting to simpler precautions like maintaining good hygiene, sanitation and increasing the production of penicillin, this serious medical problem could be prevented. He offered the services of the Jeevak Heart Hospital, of which he is the chief cardiac surgeon, to educate the masses on ways to prevent the disease. Dr Pradhan also talked about the mechanical and tissue valves for replacement.
Dr Ajay Kaul from New Delhi spoke on recent advances in valvular heart surgery, including minimal invasive surgery. Noted Patna cardiologists Dr SS Chatterjee and Dr RK Agrawal said, if the ailment was detected early, surgery could be delayed or all together avoided. Other prominent cardiologists who participated in the programme included Dr SN Mishra, Dr Sanjeev Kumar, Dr Ajay Sinha, Dr Arvind Kumar, Dr BB Bharti, Dr Nishant Tripathy and Dr Shashi Prakash.