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Dr. HK Chopra, Dr. Saumitra Kumar, Dr. Shiv Kumar, Dr. Ramesh Babu: Surviving Heart Attack: A Race Against Time

Less than 1% of patients suffering a heart attack reach hospital in time, which is, within three hours.
Dr.H.K.Chopra with Dr.Saumitra Kumar, Dr.Shiv Kumar and Dr.Ramesh Babu
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Dr. Saumitra Kumar

Consultant Cardiologist

Fortis Hospital, Kolkata

Dr. Shiv Kumar

Sr. Interventional Cardiologist

Apollo Hospital, Secunderabad

Dr. Ramesh Babu

Senior Cardiologist

Medwin Hospitals, Hyderabad

Value of every tick-tock from the clock? Ask a patient who has survived a heart attack “The first six hours is a crucial period, after which, the benefits of a treatment are comparatively lesser,” says Dr. Ramesh Babu, a faculty member of CSI (Cardiology Society of India), in a conversation with Dr. H.K. Chopra, President CSI. Factors like the patient’s timely realization of it, proximity to a hospital capable of performing angioplasty, a quick ambulance service and availability of an operator combine to determine the fate of a patient, says Dr. Saumitra Kumar, President at the CSI headquarters.. “When medical practitioners, at such a crucial time, play around with medical jargon that confuses patients, advocates and insurance companies alike, the treatment is further delayed.” “Clarity in the patient's mind about the kind of treatment he requires drastically reduces the time taken to deliver it. Financial capability of the patient or response-time of his insurance company is an added burden weighing down on the time it takes to take a life saving decision for intervention.” The lack of facilities in India to conduct an immediate angioplasty, a mechanical intervention, often gives way to the second best option of thrombolytic therapy, a pharmacological intervention. “The mission of CSI is to get the blocked artery to open up, either with medicine or mechanical intervention, within 90 minutes of an attack,” says Dr. Shiv Kumar, Chairman of the upcoming NIC (National Interventional Council) meet. Technology can create a breakthrough via apps which can give patients instant information during an emergency. Smart Heart App is a new initiative of CSI which hopes to facilitate information flow during cardiac emergencies.

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Dr.HK Chopra Panel: Dr Amal Banerjee, Dr.Satyendra Tewari, Dr. Jagat Narula and Dr.RR Kasliwal

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