Deptt of Cardiology SKIMS perform rare procedures


Srinagar, Apr 22: The Department of Cardiology SK Institute of Medical Sciences Sunday achieved a milestone in the Interventional Cardiology by performing rare procedures treating deadly Coronary Artery Disease.
 “The heart procedures were done using technology Rotablation wherein a miniscule diamond drill mounted on an angiography cather is used to clean up the Coronary artery (the vessel supplying blood to the heart), of hard calcified deposits which otherwise are not possible to treat by conventional angioplasty,” Head of the Cardiology Department, Prof Khurshid Iqbal told Greater Kashmir.
 Later, an imaging technology “Optical Coherence Tomography” makes the vessel visual from inside using a micro camera loaded on tip of the cather, he said. “The procedures were successfully done on many patients.”
 Prof Iqbal said the successful use of the technologies would give boost to the interventional programs in the SKIMS.
 According to him two US-based companies, Boston Scientific and St Jude Medical held a 3-day workshop with doctors of the department using the equipments, which they have specially brought for the workshop.
 The companies also donated the devices free to the patients.
 “I hope that these equipments which are in the pipeline in the procurement process along with the new cath lab will be available for patients this year,” he said.
 Prof Iqbal thanked Prof Upendra Kaul, Executive Director and Dean Cardiology Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, for helping the interventional programs in SKIMS. “He played a key role for getting us exposed to these technologies in our own lab,” he said.
 He also appreciated the support of the Director, Prof Shoukat Ali Zargar.
 The workshop, which concluded today, also included guest lectures on important topics related to Cardiology and Radiofrequency ablation, a treatment modality for rapid heart rate attacks.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:00:00 IST

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