My name is Dr. Viveka Kumar. Today I am going to speak on and discuss with you regarding the most difficult disease to manage and that is heart failure. As you would know, India is capital of heart failure and we are seeing more and more patients coming with systolic heart failure, low ejection fraction and there is nothing which can be given to them till now. But now, we have got newer treatment options apart from ICD and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. We can offer them the left ventricular assist device and the heart transplantation. We have been doing you know regular left ventricular assist device and heart transplantation and a heart transplant is a definitive treatment like you know the renal transplant for kidney patients and liver transplant for liver patients. So that is the way our transplant works and in younger patients, it supports, so the survival up to 10 years is more than 80% and these the patients can lead an absolutely normal productive life.
Having said that, all our patients who would not get the suitable heart because God has given only 1 heart in a fit human being unlike the kidney, so we need to wait for the brain-dead patients or those who have got, you know road traffic accident or has a severe stroke. So, in these situations, we have to wait and find a suitable donor. But heart failure patients cannot wait for very long. So, we had a what we called is left ventricular assist device. Initially, it started as a base to transplant therapy where we would give the patients you know the left ventricular assist device or biventricular assist devices and wait for 6 months or a year till the patient gets the new heart and then transplant and remove the left ventricular assist device. But the scarcity is so much that we have ventured into what we call destination therapy left ventricular assistive devices which can be given and work as a permanent.
So, it works like a good device in for you know it sucks out the blood from the left ventricle and pumps in the aorta and all the organs get the blood supply and the cardiac output could be anything from you know 4.5 - 5.5 liters as per you know setting of the device. So that's again as you know destination therapy, we have lots of patients who are on you know 4 - 5 years with this therapy and they are doing absolutely fine. So, these are the things which we need to you know offer these patients so those who are younger they can go to this treatment and they can lead a normal and productive life. So, it's a complex disease where a team of cardiac surgeons, cardiologist, heart failure specialist and electrophysiologist and clinical cardiologist we work together and find a suitable treatment for our patients and offer them.
So, we should not be saying that you know the patient if he has got severe heart failure, its end of the therapy and we can't offer them. We have a lot of newer pharmacotherapy also like ARBs and beta-blockers and spironolactone all these things can also delay the progression of heart failure and slow down the attrition rate and on top of that if we give the devices in the form of cardiac resynchronisation therapy, appropriate patients the ICD in appropriate patients and also the offering them left ventricular assist device or biventricular assist device or end of the day heart transplant therapy, then we can save a lot many cardiac patients who can benefit from this therapy where life is improved. So, in the end, I would say that we need to you know do a team-work, identify the correct patients and advise them if they do not have you know correctable cardiac diseases then we should advise this form of therapy and they should be benefited from this therapy.
Thank you very much
I am Dr Viveka Kumar, Senior director Cath Lab, Max Hospital Saket. Today I am going to speak on heart failure which is an epidemic in Indian context because people take very late treatment for heart diseases after a heart attack, they take then consultations and opinion so they don't understand that early treatment of either heart attack or well disease or even congenital diseases would prevent heart failure. But if we look at the number of patients all across the globe, the treatment. Taken for heart disease in India is so slow and late and a lot of them they don't take treatment, so in stage and final common pathway of all heart diseases, heart failure and it has to be treated initially with medication. Later on there are lot of devices, we call it heart failure, pacemaker, Implantable cardioverter defibrillator and ultimately all these fails then the patient has to go for cardio Cardiac resynchronization therapy transplant and ultimately if all these fails then the patient has to go for Cardiac Transplant and artificial heart which is called the particular access devices. So these are the treatment options and because of the scarcity of the heart in a donation, people in society are not aware of this. So there are a lot of patients who do not get a heart in time and they don't survive. So I would say that the society has to be sensitized about heart failure epidemic and the various available treatment options. We fulfil that probably heart transplant and Edwards, this does not happen in our country. That's not true we at max are one of the largest volume implanters of the Edwards the heart failure, pacemaker and also the heart transplantation. So this all treatment options should be given to the patient but most important is the timely treatment for heart diseases.
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Ways to manage Acute heart attack!
I’m Dr. Viveka Kumar, Senior Director at Cath Lab Hospital in New Delhi, Saket. In this world now, the Indian population is suffering from epidemic, which is acute heart attack, or cardiovascular disease. It has become the number 1 killer for the younger generation that is the most productive age group of patients which is in the age group of 25 to 50 years of age. The treatment can be done only when the awareness is good, if the patients understand their disease, they get early warning signal.
The key to the treatment of this disease is early, i.e, diagnosis. So the moment if somebody gets chest pain associated with sweating with pain lasting for 15 minutes or more than that, then this is the situation where they should get alerted, get an ECG done, get the cardiac markers done and if the ECG changes are there, they must see a cardiologist, and get primary angioplasty or thrombolysis therapy in early hours are equally good. And early treatment is the most…going to be more cheaper option, more effective option. And this is also a lifestyle disorder.
For prevention of that we need to have healthy lifestyle, we should stop smoking, we should have a good blood pressure control, diabetes control and cholesterol control has to be very meticulous, and then only this disease can be conquered.
If you want to reach to me, you can reach to me through Lybrate, or you can look at my website drvivekakumarmaxhealthcare.com. Thank you.read more
Dr. Viveka Kumar with more than 28 years of experience, is a prominent name in the field of Cardiology. He completed his MBBS and MD (General Medicine) from Banaras Hindu University, and his DM in Cardiology from LPS Institute of Cardiology, Kanpur. Then he acquired Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology & EP from St. George's Hospital, London (UK), Interventional Cardiology & EP and Devices from Southampton University Hospital, Southampton (UK), Senior Specialist( Interventional Cardiology) from Amrita Institute of medical sciences, Cochin, and Fellow of southeast Asian Interventional Cardiology Society from St. George's Hospital, London.
For academic and professional excellence he is honoured with many accolades like the International Award of Excellence in Cardiology from St. George's Hospital, London, Life Time Achievement Award by Gastric Society of India, Chikitsa Ratna Award, Vidya Ratna Award etc. He is an active member of many medical societies like Cardiology Society of India (CSI), Cardiology Society of Kerala and UP, Medical Council of India, General Medical Council, UK, Delhi Medical Council etc. He is an expert in Angiography, Pacemaker implantation, Cardiac ablation process, Cardiac catheterization, Coronary Bypass surgery, Bypass surgery etc. He is available at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, New Delhi on MON to SAT, from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM, except THU. On THU he is available there at 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM, and also MON to FRI evening from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM.
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