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Dr. Ajith Mullasari: We Need Systems Of Care To Treat Heart Attacks

The system initiates a whole series of events that ensures treatment of the patient within 24 hours.
Dr Ajith Mullasari, Director and Cardiologist from Madras Medical Mission,Chennai on Care of Patients with Heart Attack in India
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Dr. Ajith Mullasari

Director, Cardiology

Madras Medical Mission, Chennai


With hospitals cropping up in every locality, we are still not able to treat heart attacks effectively. That’s because you need more than hospitals to treat a heart attack, you need ‘systems of care’, says Dr. Ajith Mullasari, director of cardiology at the Madras Medical Mission Hospital. These systems of care are designed to take care of the entire chain of events involved in treatment of a heart attack. From arranging an ambulance to diagnosis and treatment, the whole chain is activated by a single call from the patient. For instance, in the US, dialing 911 is all a patient has to do to get complete care. Dr. Mullasari proudly announces the success of a similar pilot project initiated in Tamil Nadu with cooperation from the state government. “Covering 100 hospitals in four districts, this programs arranges for ambulance pick-up, diagnosis of heart attack and basic treatment of thrombolysis at the nearest centre, followed by transportation of the patient to a good facility where an angiogram is done and angioplasty or a bypass surgery is performed.” “This eliminates all the delay that is caused by confusion on the part of both patients and physicians by stipulating protocol in an emergency.” The success of this project has encouraged other states in India to follow suit.


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Could handheld echocardiography replace a stethoscope?

Dr. Hardeep Kaur

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Dr. Hardeep Kaur

Consultant clinical and preventive cardiology

Medanta, The Medicity


Handheld echocardiography cannot really replace a stethoscope but it can definitely help in an emergency for ruling in and ruling out cardiac involvement. Therefore, helps in quick clinical decision making and also reduces the chances of doing unnecessary tests.


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Recent Advances in Echocardiography and their impact on clinical practice

Dr. Navin C Nanda

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Dr. Navin C Nanda

Director of Echocardiography

University of Alabama, USA



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Echo with telemedicine creates a multiple effect

CAD affects 10%of our population over 40 years

Dr. Sameer Srivastava

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Dr. Sameer Srivastava

Head of Non-invasive Cardiology

Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi



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