New and improved surgical intervention techniques are helping save lives and hastening recovery among cardiac patients many of whom may not have survived the pandemic without these, according to a group of city cardiologists who attended a meet titled ‘New Therapy in Cardiac Technology and Care’ on Wednesday. Technological advancements have made cardiac care far more effective and accessible to a lot more than it was even a decade ago, they said.
The meet was organized to mark the 31st year of BM Birla Heart Research Centre (BMBHRC) and was attended by patients who were treated during the lockdown.
“We attended to several emergency cases and conducted surgeries during the pandemic that helped to save lives. It may not have been possible without the use of technology that has made a big difference to the way cardiac treatment and is now done,” said Anjan Siotia, director of cardiology at BMBHRC.
He added that while the number of patients was less at the beginning of the pandemic, it picked up in the later months. “Most were critical cases and needed emergency procedures. These were done using the latest technology. For instance, we did a heart valve replacement without an open-heart surgery. Procedures like intravascular lithotripsy (IVL), shock boom therapy for removing arterial blockages and devices like leadless pacemakers and gallart device which is implanted on a patient and can be monitored via Bluetooth through a smartphone have revolutionized cardiac therapy,” said Siotia.
IVL has improved the chances of recovery for patients with intense blockages, said interventional cardiologist at BMHRC Anil Mishra. Interventional cardiologist Dhiman Kahali pointed out that remote monitoring through a gallart device has made treatment accessible to a vast section of the population.
“As we enter our 31st year, we would focus on a robust digital transformation to improve cardiac care,” said Simmardeep Gill, COO, CK Birla Hospitals.