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Dr. RR Kasliwal: Central Aortic Pressure: An Important Measure Of Heart Disease

Keeping a check on Central Aortic Pressure will effectively reduce incidents of strokes and heart failures.
Dr.R.R.Kasliwal,Chairman of Clinical & Preventive Cardiology at Medanta-The Medicity,Gurgaon on Central Aortic Pressure
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Dr. RR Kasliwal

Chairman of Clinical & Preventive Cardiology

Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon


Hypertension is a major cause for heart failure. But is the traditional practice of checking blood pressure on the arm adequate to keep hypertension in check? There is evidence to show that a patient showing low BP may still be prone to a stroke due to high central aortic pressure (CAP). Hence CAP becomes an important indicator, especially in high-risk heart patients like smokers or diabetic persons, says Dr. RR Kasliwal in an interview with Dr. Manish Verma. “When not kept in check, it can cause damage to vital organs like kidney, brain and heart.” In old times, cutting open a patient was the only way to diagnose a disease. Non-invasive methods like imaging have evolved over time to make diagnosis possible without surgery. “There is now wide acceptance of non-invasive methods in measuring central aortic pressure as well.” For those looking for a value, ideal would be below 130/80. Amlodipine and ACE inhibitors are some suggested drugs to bring down CAP. In another interesting piece of information, CAP is also a reason behind the tendency to forget names, which is usually attributed to ageing.


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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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