Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of mortality in India. A quarter of all deaths is attributed to cardiovascular diseases. One person succumbs to a cardiovascular disease every 33 seconds in India. Globally, too, disorders of the heart and blood vessels are a leading cause of mortality.

The World Health Organization has deemed it an epidemic, with victims of cardiovascular disease getting younger and younger. Some of the aspects of this global epidemic is also visible in India —onset of the disease at an early age, accelerated build up, high fatality rate.

To combat this, Aster CMI Hospital, one of Bangalore’s leading multi-speciality hospitals has developed an ultramodern Centre of Excellence (CoE) at its Cardiac Sciences Department to provide comprehensive tertiary care to patients of all ages. A combination of its state-of-the-art facilities, the latest techniques, and highly skilled medical practitioners ensures patients receive the best medical care possible, from professionals who have the right skill and compassion to provide it.

The Cardiac Sciences Department at Aster CMI Hospital was among the first in the city to incorporate a Hybrid Cath Lab, which combines all the technology — equipment, monitoring devices, etc.—required for cardiac catheterization, as well as cardiac surgery, to save time and minimize inconvenience to the patient. The full-fledged laboratory offers all cardiac blood tests, and the department offers the Dobutamine Stress Test which serves as an alternative to the treadmill test, especially for physically disabled patients for whom strenuous exercise is not possible.

The core team of cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, electro-physiologists and paediatric cardiologists is complemented by clinical cardiologists, cardiac anaesthesiologists, interventional radiologists, cardiac intensivists and rehabilitation therapists.

These experts have had decades of experience dealing with a range of cardiovascular diseases including heart attacks (coronary heart disease), heart failure, stroke (cerebrovascular disease), hypertension (high blood pressure), atrial fibrillation or arrhythmia, and congenital heart diseases such as atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, AV canal defect and total anomalous drainage of pulmonary veins.

In addition to angiograms, coronary angioplasty, and by-pass surgery, which have now become standard procedures in cardiovascular medicine, the cardiac surgical team at Aster CMI is also proficient in handling complex (but more frequent) cases, including valve repairs, paediatric cardiac surgeries, aortic aneurysms, minimally invasive robotic cardiac surgery in patients of all ages. In fact, the Chief Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgeon at Aster CMI is among the few contemporary surgeons who can claim to have performed neonatal cardiac surgery on a newborn infant weighing less than one kilogram.

As one of Bangalore’s best multi-speciality hospitals, Aster CMI Hospital also has a 24/7 cardiology team available to manage cardiac emergencies, backed by the experienced emergency specialist and a critical care team.