Addressing growing burden of heart diseases

first_imgThe Society for Heart Failure and Transplantation (SfHFT) hosted the midterm meeting to focus on experiencing an unparalleled fest of knowledge and skill enhancement. The theme of the meeting was Primary Graft Dysfunction after Heart Transplantation. The event witnessed an exhilarating scientific program to provide the most imperative information and was customised especially through didactic lectures by the most renowned cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists and cardiac anesthesiologists from all over the country. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainStar highlight of the program was the cases discussed by most experienced faculty in the management of primary graft dysfunction (PGD). Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi, addressed the audience. The event was also marked by the presence of the eminent Nobel Laureate Dr Kailash Satyarthiji, Indian children’s rights activist and Founder – Bachpan Bachao Andolan and the Guest of Honour gracing the occasion was Dr Vasanti Ramesh, Director, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO). Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardCreating increasing awareness of the growing national burden of heart diseases and the urgent requirement of heart transplants in these patients, the Key Opinion Leaders drew attention on the demand of the current patients registered and the supply of the organ. The speakers also addressed the urgent need for donors and endeavored to bust a few myths, create more awareness on why donors should step forward, think beyond religion, customs, and social bindings to contribute and be a part of this noble cause which can help save innumerable lives. The event witnessed discussions on the entire spectrum of Primary Graft Dysfunction from Epidemiology of PGD, Risk factors, BioMarkers of PGD, clinical findings of PGD to Novel techniques of Graft preservation, Role of donor management after the heart transplant. The cases represented the highlights of the conference and doctors demonstrated several factors that cause PGD and the management of the outcome. Dr Yugal K Mishra, Head – Cardiac Sciences and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery, Manipal Hospital said, “This is a devastating complication that occurs in the immediate postoperative period following heart transplantation. It manifests as severe ventricular dysfunction of the donor graft and carries significant mortality and morbidity. Over the past decade or so, developments and upgrades in pharmacological treatment and mechanical circulatory support that are devices that support the heart when not working at its best, have improved the outcomes for patients undergoing heart transplants and develop this complication.” Research, however, reveals that PGD still remains a challenge as it is still a leading cause of death in the post-operative stages of a month or so. Eminent Noble Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi said, “Medical Professionals represent hope and therefore, humanity, divinity for the patient. 2, 50, 000 children in India are born with heart diseases and a mere 5% are able to afford treatment for their condition. I request and urge the doctors, cardiologists, and surgeons to see solutions of giving these poor children a reason to live.”last_img

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