MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DNB - Cardiology
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Between January 1999 to October 2003, I was working in well established, high volume tertiary Cardiac hospitals (Southern Railway Headquarters Hospital, Perambur, Chennai and Madras Medical Mission Hospital, Chennai) and was doing over 2000 Echocardiograms including pediatric and adult, and dobutamine stress studies per year and average of 500 diagnostic angiograms and Cardiac Catheterization, 200 angioplasties, 150 Balloon mitral valvuloplasties, 30 peripheral angioplasties including carotid and renal angioplasties, 30 pace maker implantation and 10 ICDs / CRTs per year.In 2003, I moved with Dr K M Cherian, MS, FRACS, DSc. from Madras Medical Mission Hospital, Chennai, to help him set up the Cardiology Units of Frontier Lifeline Hospital in Mogappair, Chennai, and in St Gregorios Hospital, Parumala, Kerala. These Centers developed into high volume tertiary Cardiac hospitals over the next few years. From January 2008 to March 2018, I was working with Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, a Medical University, in a semi urban/rural area, in the outskirts of Chennai, and was entrusted with setting up and developing a new Cardiac Unit. The Department has grown over the last 10 years and has been recognized by the Medical Council of India, for imparting Superspeciality(DM) training in Cardiology from August, 2013 with an annual intake of 2 students. The Department also conducts 4yr B.Sc, Allied Health Sciences (Cardiac Technology and Cathlab Technology) courses with an annual intake of 12 students, and 2yr M.Sc, (Cardiac Imaging and Echocardiography) course with an annual intake of 6 students.The Department is recognized for conducting PhD courses in Cardiology by the University and had 4 students doing Doctoral research under me. I was performing about 300 Angioplasties, 100 Valvuloplasties, 50 Peripheral Angioplasties, 50 Device Implantations (Pacemakers/ICDs/CRTs), and 50 Device Closures(ASD/PDA/RSOV/AV Fistulas etc) annuallyI am presently (from March 26th) working with MIOT Hospitals, a 1000 bedded Multi-Superspeciality Hospital in Chennai. Given my past experience in setting up and developing Cardiology departments in the previous hospitals, I have been given the mandate to improve the Cardiology Department and the teaching infrastructure to the level of standard needed for accreditation with the National Board of Examinations in Cardiology superspeciality
I am deeply indebted to Dr. Pradeep Nayar. He saved my father's life. Dad, age 85 was in terrible condition when i took him to fortis emergency dept. He was having severe breathlessness, high blood pressure and pulse dropping to a count of 40. The good doctors team stabilized him in ICU and drained fluids from his lungs. Dr then implanted a pacemaker into him after COVID tests came negative and took good care of him. I also wish to thank his team (Dr. Abdul & others) as well for being very supportive. What i really like about the Dr. is how readily available he was on the phone thru whatsapp even though he had a busy schedule. Post operation and discharge my dad went thru various ups and downs with diarrhea, constipation, rapid breathing, weakness, fatigue etc. and i reached out to the Dr innumerable times. Every step of the way he gave me guidance on what needs to be done - tests, medications and consultations with lung specialist etc. He even helped me with sticky admin issues i had with getting the soft copy of a CT report when the hospital staff was not being helpful. I sincerely appreciate all that he has done for my dad who has since stabilized and able to manage day to day now. I thank him sincerely from my heart and am glad to have approached him for my father's serious medical condition. Above all, he is a good human being and i will recommend him to anyone.
Q: What does a Heart specialist do?
A: Heart specialists or cardiologists diagnose and treat diseses related to heart and blood vessels. They are trained to assess heart health and read electrocardiogram, etc.
Q: When do you need to see a cardiologist?
A: You can visit a heart specialist if your physician refers you for symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, changes in heart beat or high blood pressure
Q: What to expect at your first visit to heart specialist?
A: A heart specialist will evaluate your medical history and risk factors for major blood vesel disease. Your heart rate, blood pressure and electrocardiogram will be obtained. You will also go through complete cardiovascular examination.
Q: How do heart-specialist check for blocked arteries?
A: Heart specialists check for blocked arteries with tests like chloesterol screening, electrocardiogram (ECG) chest X-Ray, coronary CT Scan, ultrasound, echocardiogram, and angiogram.
Q: Can you see a heart-specilist directly?
A: You can go to a heart specialist directly if you suspect there is a risk of genetically related heart disease in your family which means any of your blood relative had an early onset (below age of 55 for men and 65 for women). A heart specialist can help you to assess the risk factor of you getting that disease and give you treatment regarding the same.