Sit­u­a­tion alarm­ing: Docs

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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