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Aster Medcity launches cardiac CHIP centre

​Kochi: Aster Medcity, a quaternary care centre catering to a large number of patients from South India, the Middle East, Africa and Maldives, has launched Complex High-risk Indicated Procedures (CHIP) Centre under Aster Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences, one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the region. The CHIP Centre at Aster Medcity is the second such centre in the country.

The CHIP Centre was launched after the Aster Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences, which was dealing with all types of cardiac diseases since its inception, has become a destination of last resort for the very sick and the ‘no option’ patients in the recent years.

Addressing a media conference, Dr Anilkumar, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Aster Medcity said, “High risk procedures are the order of the day, especially in percutaneous cardiac interventions. Multivessel angioplasties, angioplasties for totally blocked arteries and angioplasties for patients who are denied bypass surgeries form part of the daily routine in the cath labs of Aster Medcity. Patients with severe kidney, liver and lung diseases are now increasingly being referred from the surrounding regions and Middle East to Aster Medcity for cardiac interventions.The high-risk procedures require the presence of highly competent interventionalists team and an efficient multidisciplinary team approach.” He added that this also requires support for such high risk procedures with ventilation, balloon support, extra corporeal membrane oxygenator and other cardiopulmonary support devices.​

Dr. Rajasekhar Varma, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Aster Medcity who can be labeled as a CHIP champion, is heading the CHIP centre. He has 91 per cent success in chronic total angioplasty, which is equal to the gold standard rates of success among Japanese operators.Aster Medcity has a specialized team for Complex High-risk Indicated Procedures and this is highlighted by the outcomes of most complex of angioplasty, namely the chronic total occlusions.

​“The Heart team approach is essential to success in CHIP procedures. A recent example was a complex angioplasty in an octogenarian combined with a TAVI (percutaneous valve implantation)procedure done involving the whole Heart team and yielding excellent results. The Aster Medcity CHIP program is being expanded with the introduction of a dedicated structural heart disease consultant and newer equipment in the form of Impella and LV assist devices,”

Aster Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the region. It 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.​