Cardiac Sciences | Aster Medcity, India & Dubai

Cardiac Sciences

One of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the region, the Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences at Aster Medcity offers advanced cardiology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac surgery, heart transplant and cardiac rehabilitation services for both adults and children. Designed to function like an independent hospital, the centre has an outpatient division, an inpatient division, a day care section, a state-of-the-art cardiovascular imaging section including nuclear medicine, a dedicated electrophysiology lab, an interventional cardiology wing, dedicated adult and paediatric cardiac surgical suites, dedicated cardiac ICUs and a 24-hour Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic to handle all emergencies.

The exceptional team of doctors comprising Adult Cardiologists/ Interventional Cardiologists, Paediatric Cardiologists, Cardiac Electrophysiologists, Adult Cardiac Vascular Thoracic Surgeons, Paediatric Cardiac Surgeons, Cardiac Anaesthesiologists and Interventional Radiologists offer optimal, evidence-based treatment to patients with a multidisciplinary approach, with the help of trained nurses, technicians, dieticians and rehabilitation experts.

They follow a unique Heart Team Approach to ensure personalised treatment to patients by discussing each and every case in detail as a team and deciding the best way forward.

The Aster Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences is the first facility in Kerala to offer state-of-the-art clinical support and diagnostic technology including ORI Karl Storz Fusion Digital Integrated Surgical Suites; IntelliSpace Critical Care Anaesthesia ICUs; Flat Panel Biplane Vascular Hybrid Cath Lab and Philips PET-CT scan with Time Of Flight Technology.

Aster Heartline

Call our 24/7 Aster Heartline 8111998111 in case of emergencies or queries on cardiac problems.

For more details on our Cardiology programmes, call: + 91 8111998143

For more details on our Cardiac Surgery, call: +91 8111998021

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CARDIOLOGY TEAM SPEAKS

Doctors

Dr. Anil Kumar R

Senior Consultant

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One of the most respected Interventional Cardiologists in South India, Dr. Anil Kumar has more than 25 years of experience in management of complex heart conditions and diseases in adults. Trained at some of the finest institutes in the United Kingdom and India, his areas of special interest include advanced management of heart failure and preventive cardiology.

Dr. Anil Kumar played the pivotal role in establishing Aster Medcity as the first centre in Kerala for MRCP (UK) PACES Examinations. The Federation Lead Examiner for PACES in Kochi, he was also instrumental in initiating Core Medical Training of the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom) at Aster Medcity, which is a first of its kind achievement in India.

Qualifications

Fellow of the American College of Cardiology | Fellow of the Gulf Heart Association | Fellow of the Cardiological Society of India | Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh)| |MRCP (UK) | DM in Cardiology (GB Pant Hospital, New Delhi)| MD (JIPMER, Pondicherry) | MBBS (JIPMER, Pondicherry)

Achievements

Expert in interventional management of heart diseases/ disorders/ failure in adults

Federation Lead Examiner for PACES (Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom) in Kochi.

Worked as Head of Department of Cardiology at the Belhoul Speciality Hospital, Dubai

Trained in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Former Professor of Cardiology at JIPMER, Pondicherry

Initiated the program of Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty, including Primary Angioplasty in JIPMER.

Commonwealth Scholarship Awardee

Mentor to many Post Doctoral Fellows in invasive cardiology.

Published 18 articles in International and Indian medical journals

Authored Chapters in Cardiology Update & Textbook of Cardiology

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi

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Dr. Raja Sekhar Varma

Senior Consultant

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One of the most renowned Interventional Cardiologists in the region, Dr. Raja Sekhar Varma has more than 14 years of experience in interventional management of complex heart diseases in adults – especially in patients who are unfit for surgery due to age or multiple health complications.

An expert in CHIP (Complex High-risk Indicated Procedures), Dr. Raja Sekhar Varma has achieved a documented 91% success rate in Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) Angioplasty, which is unheralded in the region and is on par with the best in the field.

His areas of special interest include management of highly-advanced interventional, non-surgical procedures for management of left main heart disease, multivessel heart disease, bifurcation, calcific disease (including rotablation), image-guided PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) with OCT (optical coherence tomography) and IVUS (intravascular ultrasound) and LA (left atrial) Appendage closure and TAVI

Qualifications

DM in Cardiology (JIPMER, Pondicherry) | MD in General Medicine (JIPMER, Pondicherry) | MBBS (JIPMER, Pondicherry

Advanced Cardiology Training program (Asan Medical Centre, Seoul, Korea)

Achievements

Expertise in:

Complex PCI - especially Left Main Angioplasty, Chronic Total Occlusion, Bifurcation lesions Radial Angioplasty

Rotablation assisted PCI, Imaging guided PCI (OCT/IVUS)

Balloon valvotomy (PTMC, BAV, BPV, BTV)

Pacemakers, ICDs, CRT

Structural heart interventions including Device closures of ASD, VSD, PDA,Balloon valvotomy, TAVR, etc

Aortic interventions including hybrid procedures and stent graft for aortic aneurysms/dissections

91% success rate in CTO Angioplasty over the last 5 years, which is equal to the Gold Standards in Japan

Academic Awards & Accolades:

First rank in MD - General Medicine, JIPMER

Among the top 5 students of final MBBS 1995 batch at JIPMER

“Nallam Satiyanarayanamma” Gold Medal for securing the first place in the MD in General Medicine - Pondicherry University held during March 2000.

N Abdoul Cader @ Ibrahime Memorial Prize in Neurology - year 2000

Awarded MOH Hassan Kuthoos Marikkar Endowment Prize in Cardiology - 1996

Awarded JIPMER Scientific Society Best Paper Award - 2000-2001.

JIPMER Alumni Award for Best All-round Undergraduate Medical Student – 1996

Faculty at various national and international conferences, workshops and CMEs

Published research articles in international peer reviewed journals

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada

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Dr. Manoj P Nair

Senior Consultant

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Dr. Manoj P Nair is Senior Consultant, Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgery, CoE Cardiac Sciences. A veteran Cardiac Surgeon with 20 years of experience and over 5700 surgeries to his credit, he is trained to perform all Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgery procedures – a talent, unmatched. He is former Professor of CVTS and pioneered Hybrid Aortic Aneurysm Surgery in Kerala.

Qualifications

M.Ch in Cardio Thoracic Surgery (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram) | M.S. in General Surgery (Govt. Medical College, Kottayam) | M.B.B.S (Govt Medical College, Allepey)

Achievements

Professor in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Cochin,

Associate Professor in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati, AndraPradesh,

Pioneered Hybrid Aortic Aneurysm Surgery in Kerala

Performed over 5700 procedures including 2200 CABG, 2000 Valve Replacements and 1500 Lung Resections (all types)

Plans to perform Single Lung Transplant and Heart Transplant

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi and Telugu

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Dr. Sajan Koshy

Senior Consultant

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Dr. Sajan Koshy is Senior Consultant, Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, CoE Cardiac Sciences. He has more than 15 years of experience in Cardiology and is an expert in Paediatric Cardiac Surgery - especially Cardiac Surgery in newborns with congenital heart diseases. He has been instrumental in creating public awareness on Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in North Kerala, in association with NGOs.

Qualifications

MCh (Kerala University) |MS (Kerala University) | MBBS (Kerala University)

Achievements

Involved in the care of more than 10000 children with congenital heart surgeries, particularly in newborns.

Senior Specialist at MIMS, Calicut

Established pediatric cardiac surgery in MIMS Calicut, the only unit in North Kerala catering to children with congenital heart diseases.

Incorporated public participation in treatment of congenital heart surgery by associating with NGOs

Instrumental in popularizing pediatric cardiac surgery in North Kerala

Specialist in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Amritha Institute of Medical Sciences Kochi.

Published articles in prominent Indian & International medical journals

Proficient in English and Malayalam

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Dr. Praveen Sreekumar

Consultant

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An Adult Interventional Cardiologist with extensive training in advanced electrophysiology procedures; Dr. Praveen Sreekumar’s areas of special interest include complex angioplasties, adult electrophysiology studies including 3D Mapping and radiofrequency ablation of Atrial Fibrillation and Paediatric EPS.

Qualifications

MRCP (UK) | Fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology (Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore) | DM Cardiology (Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore) | MD (Govt. Medical College, Thrissur) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thrissur)

Achievements

Plans to set up Paediatric EP studies, the first-of-its-kind in the region

Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Heart Hospital, Thrissur

Fellow in Electrophysiology, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore

Associate Consultant, Cardiology, KIMS, Thiruvananthapuram

Senior Resident, Cardiology, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore

Tutor, Cardiology, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada

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Dr. George Varghese K

Senior Specialist

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A Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeon who has 4 years of experience as a General Surgeon, Dr. George Varghese K is trained in surgical management of heart diseases in adults.

Qualifications

MCh in CTVS (PGIMER, Chandigarh)

MS in General Surgery (PGIMER, Chandigarh)

MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram)

Achievements

Senior Resident, GB Pant Hospital

Proficient in Malayalam, English and Hindi

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Dr. Lincoln Samuel

Senior Specialist

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A Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeon trained in surgical management of complex disorders of the heart in both adults and children, Dr. Lincoln Samuel’s areas of special interest include paediatric cardiothoracic and congenital cardiac surgery.

Qualifications

MCh in Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery (Christian Medical College, Vellore) | MS in General Surgery (JJM Medical College, Davangere) | MBBS (Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center, Thiruvalla)

Achievements

Post Graduate training in General Surgery

Worked as Senior Postgraduate Registrar in the CTVS department at CMC, Vellore

Best outgoing student in 2014, JJM Medica College, Davangare

Proficient in Malayalam, English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada

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Dr. Sajish M

Specialist

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A Cardiologist trained in non-invasive management of heart diseases in adults, Dr. Sajish’s areas of special interest include handling cardiac emergencies, providing specialised care for critically ill patients and preventive cardiology.

Qualifications​

Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Cardiology (Lisie Heart Institute, Kochi) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Calicut)

Achievements

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi

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Dr. Mohamad Shafiq K

Specialist

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A Cardiologist trained in non-invasive management of heart diseases in adults, Dr. Mohamad Shafiq has extensive experience in providing specialised care to critically ill patients.

Qualifications

Diploma in Cardiology (KIMS, Thiruvananthapuram) | MBBS (Govt. Medical College, Calicut)

Achievements

Associate Consultant, Cardiology & Critical Care, Travancore Medicity, Kollam

Associate Consultant, Cardiology& Critical Care, KIMS Kochi & Thiruvananthapuram

Associate Consultant, Cardiology, Metromed Cardiac Centre, Calicut

Intensivist, Fortis Heart, Mohali, Punjab

Intensivist, Lakeshore Hospital, Cochin

Intensivist, MIMS Calicut

Proficient in English, Malayalam, Hindi

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Facilities

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Outpatient & Non-Invasive Diagnostic Services

  • Expert cardiac consultation
  • Heart failure clinic
  • Electrophysiology clinic
  • Cardiac structural/functional evaluation including advanced imaging
  • 2D/ live 3D Echocardiography, colour Doppler imaging, tissue Doppler imaging, strain quantification
  • Trans-esophageal Echocardiography including live 3D TEE
  • 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure
  • 24-hour electrocardiographic monitoring (Holter)
  • Cardiac stress testing including TMT, Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography, Stress Nuclear Perfusion Imaging
  • Head Up Tilt Test (HUTT)
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Inpatient Services

  • 24-hour emergency care
  • 24 hour percutaneous cardiac interventions
  • 24-hour cardiac surgery
  • Dedicated Cardiac ICU
  • Full-spectrum cardiac electrophysiology/ arrhythmia management services
  • State-of-the-art life support services including ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation)
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Advanced Cardiac Imaging & Clinical Support

  • Philips EPIQ Echocardiography machines for 2D and live 3D imaging
  • Trans-oesophageal echocardiography with Doppler, colour Doppler modalities of investigation for adult /paediatric cardiology
  • Dobutamine Stress Test for physically disabled patients
  • Intra operative trans-oesophageal echo/ Doppler/color flow Doppler
  • Philips 256 Slice iCT scan
  • Wide Bore 3.0 Tesla MRI cardiac studies
  • Philips Astonish True Flight Select PET-CT with Time Of Flight technology
  • GE SPECT-CT Optima NM 640 Gamma Camera
  • Dedicated adult & paediatric ORI Karl Storz fusion digital integrated cardiac surgical suites
  • ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation)
  • Dedicated ICCA (IntelliSpace Critical Care and Anaesthesia) Cardiac ICUs
  • State-of-the-art lab
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Invasive Diagnostic & Interventional Division

Aster Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences is first facility in Kerala with three cath labs including low radiation CLARITY cath lab and a flat panel hybrid vascular biplane cath lab with a state-of-the-art electrophysiology lab/ intravascular ultrasound, fractional flow reserve estimate and rotablation.

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Other Clinical Support

  • 3 Cath labs including low radiation clarity lab and hybrid biplane cath lab
  • Advanced 3D and 4D Echo machines
  • Holter Monitoring (24 hours to 7 days) for arrhythmia management
  • Tread Mill Test (TMT)

Non-Invasive procedures

  • ECG interpretation
  • Holter interpretation
  • TMT
  • Echocardiography
  • Trans-esophageal Echocardiography
  • Tilt-table testing

24/7 Emergency Procedures

  • Cardioversion
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Arterial line placement
  • CVP and Pulmonary artery catheter placement
  • Temporary pacing

Specialised Surgical Procedures

  • Entire spectrum of thoracic and vascular surgery
  • Major aneurysms and peripheral vascular surgery
  • Hybrid procedures for cardiac and vascular surgery
  • Thorascopic surgery – minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery
  • Bronchoscopies – rigid and fibre optics

Invasive Elective/ Emergency Paediatric Procedures

  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
  • ASD/VSD/PDA/Collateral device closures
  • Coil closure of PDA/MAPCAs
  • Balloon pulmonary/ aortic valvoplasties
  • LPA/PDA/Coarctation of aorta stenting<.li>
  • Balloon dilatation of coarctation of aorta and branch PAs
  • Permanent pacemaker implantation

Paediatric Cardiac Surgery

Surgical management of complex heart conditions in children

  • Advanced cardiac surgery in new-borns
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Ventricular septal defect
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Coarctation of aorta
  • AV canal defect
  • Arterial switch operation
  • Repair of double outlet right ventricle
  • Total anomalous drainage of pulmonary veins
  • Single ventricle repair
  • Valve repairs
  • Thoracotomy ASD closure
  • Minimally invasive heart surgery
  • Hybrid procedures

Heart Rhythm Clinic

Advanced electrophysiology (EP) services for adults and children

  • OP evaluation of syncope, giddiness, palpitation
  • Holter, ELR and ILR implantation
  • Head Up Tilt Test (HUTT)
  • Conventional EP studies: Diagnostic & RF Ablation

3D Mapping & Radio Frequency Ablation for:

  • Atrial tachyarrhythmias
  • Idiopathic ventricular tachycardia
  • Scar ventricular tachycardia
  • Post operative arrhythmias
  • Ablations in adult congenital heart patients
  • PV isolation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation
  • Ablation in persistent atrial fibrillation
  • Paediatric arrhythmias

Implantable Cardiac Devices:

  • Pacemakers
  • Automated implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD)
  • Heart failure devices- CRT & CRT D implantation
  • Intracardiac Lead Extraction

Heart Failure Clinic

  • Comprehensive management of heart failure
  • Devices
  • LVAD
  • ECMO
  • CRT
  • Heart & Lung Transplant Programme

Heart & Lung Transplantation

Aster Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences is one of few facilities in South India to offer heart and lung transplant in adults and children.

The centre has state-of-the-art facilities for the programme including:

  • Advanced diagnostics & clinical support
  • Dedicated transplant surgical suites
  • World-class infection control features, led by a highly experienced Infection Control Team
  • Dedicated transplant ICUs
  • Expert rehabilitation team

Cardiac Procedures: Adults

  • 24/7 primary angioplasty with a door to balloon time of less than 90 minutes
  • Elective coronary angiography and angioplasty, including complex coronary angioplasty for Chronic Total Occlusions, Bifurcations, left main angioplasty, multi-vessel angioplasty
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterisations
  • Percutaneous valvoplasty
  • Interventional management of adult congenital heart disease including device closures
  • Implantation of pacemakers
  • Implantation of automatic cardiac defibrillators
  • Resynchronisation therapy by biventricular pacing
  • Electrophysiology studies & radiofrequency ablation for cardiac arrhythmias
  • Implantation of IVC filters