by The Welthi Bureau | 8 JULY 2018
Hyderabad, 8th July 2018: Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), in association with the Arrhythmia Research and Training (ART) society, conducted a pacemaker symposium for practising cardiologists on 7th and 8th of July. It was attended by 200 cardiologists form different parts of the country.
The main objective of this program was to help the cardiologists recognize upcoming technologies; interpret diagnostic material to troubleshoot suspected implantable device malfunction; discuss common issues such as management of device patients having MRI, radiation, infection and extract implantable devices; identify the current capabilities and roles of remote monitoring to manage patients with cardiovascular risk and disease; recognize precise cardiac anatomy to facilitate lead placement.
The course directors of the symposium were eminent electrophysiology experts Dr. B. Hygriv Rao, Chief Division of Pacing, President of the ART society and Dr. Mauro Biffi, a professor in University of Bologna. They were joined by 65 national faculty from different parts of the country. The symposium also had experts teaching how to program the pacemakers after implantation, so they can optimally benefit the patient. Tech suites with virtual Cath labs were set up so young cardiologists could learn the techniques of lead placement by experts.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rao said, “Our country needs more expert electrophysiologists. There are lakhs of patients with pacemakers and need doctors who can manage their pacemakers. So, we made sure that this scientific program had topics like patient management.” Pacemaker experts and cardiologists interacted with each other to fill gaps in their knowledge. He added that there was a separate session for cardiology fellows who were still under training to learn basics.
Dr. Biffi spoke about how newer technology allows pacemakers to be monitored at home; a convenience for elderly patients or those living in remote areas, who face difficulty travelling to hospitals. He added, “Earlier, in those patients with pacemakers, MRI would not be safe, whereas the newer pacemakers make MRI safe. Pacemakers have been developed which help in improving symptoms of some patients with heart failure and increase their life span. In such patients they can be alternative to heart transplantation.”
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