Apollo Hospitals has launched a comprehensive training centre for tran-scatheter aortic valve im-plantation (TAVI) to provide training to cardiologists from across the country.
Peter Andreka, chief of adult cardiology, GottsegenGyorgy, Hungarian Institute of Cardiology, who has im-planted over 1,000 valves, would be instrumental along with his team
in helping the hospital structure the pro-gramme, according to a press release. TAVI, a proce-dure for treating patients with aortic stenosis, that was being performed for more than a decade in the west, was adopted in India in 2015. Very few centres perform this procedure, mainly due to lack of training.
`Platform to discuss’Suneeta Reddy, managing director, Apollo Hospitals Group, said the centre would serve as a platform to discuss, debate and educate doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions with newer therapies. Apollo Hospitals is among the few centres in India, ac-credited to perform the MitraClip procedure for heart failure patients. This new device, which is a tiny clip, has been proven to improve outcomes in these patients. Mathew Samuel, director of interventional cardiology and SaiSatish, senior interventional cardiologist, Apollo Hospitals, will be initiating this therapy on the first few pa-tients during November, the release said.
Suneeta Reddy, managing director of Apollo Hospitals launching the,. TAVI training centre in Chennai on Saturday I D SAMPATHKUMAR