Mysore, Sept. 26 (JP) -A record number of 22 angioplasty procedures would be conducted free of cost at K R Hospital’s Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences Unit here on Oct. 1 and 2 while 153 angioplasty procedures would be conducted at the Jayadeva Institute in Bangalore between Oct. 4 and 10 as part of the Angioplasty Workshop to benefit low income patients.

Dr. Sadanand, Head of Jayadeva Centre here at K R Hospital, speaking to SOM, said that since today is the World Heart Day, the theme is ‘Workplace Wellness: Take responsibility for your own heart.' What this means is that a stress-free and good working environment is essential for keeping the heart healthy. This is apart from daily exercise, a healthy diet, diabetes care and giving up smoking.

Dr. Sadanand told SOM that this will be the largest angio-plasty workshop where apart from angioplasty procedures, placement of stents will be performed on 175 poor patients. He said that patients from low income groups as well as senior citizens have already been selected for treatment. He also said that the stents which cost anywhere between Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 1 lakh will be free of cost.

Replying to a question, Dr. Sadanand said that Angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure that can be used to open blocked heart arteries. Stent placement is another option that may be required during angioplasty. The procedure is performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory (or cath lab) by a specialised cardiologist and a team of cardiovascular nurses and technicians, he said.

Dr. Sadanand said that there are two types of procedures: 1. Balloon angioplasty. During this procedure, a specially designed catheter with a small balloon tip is guided to the point of narrowing in the artery. Once in place, the balloon is inflated to compress the fatty matter into the artery wall and stretch the artery open to increase blood flow to the heart. 2. The other is a Stent which is a small metal mesh tube that acts as a scaffold to provide support inside the patient’s coronary artery. Once in place, the balloon tip is inflated and the stent expands to the size of the artery and holds it open. The balloon is then deflated and removed while the stent stays in place permanently.

According to Cardiologist and Bangalore Centre Director Dr. C.N. Manjunath, Dr. Subramani and Dr. Devaraj from the US, cardiologists from the institute in Bangalore and three cardiologists from Mysore branch would be conducting the procedures.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore