Pune: Pune will be one of the few cities in the country to get a dedicated heart failure registry under the ‘Advanced Heart Failure Treatment Programme’. It is estimated that the heart failure burden in India ranges from 1.3 to 4.6 million with a mortality rate of anywhere between 4,91,600 to 1.8 million cases annually.
Gleneagles Global Hospitals and Vaso-Meditech Pvt Ltd recently launched this programme with an aim to spread awareness on heart treatments available in the country and to start India’s first online heart failure registry.
Dr Sandeep Attawar, Programme Director and Chair - Cardiac Surgeries, Thoracic Organ Transplant, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, said that many patients do not know exactly the nature of their condition and opt for re-hospitalisation for the same condition for which they had previously been treated for and discharged.
“There is less awareness about heart failure. When the awareness amongst our urban population is itself so limited, one can imagine what the awareness levels will be in smaller towns and rural India,” said Attawar.
He further added, “We look to slowly start centres. To combat this lack of knowledge on proper heart failure treatment in India, Gleneagles Global Hospitals is partnering with Vaso-Meditech Pvt Ltd to launch an Advance Heart Failure Treatment Programme or the AHF-TP.”
“This will be a first of its kind comprehensive treatment programme to treat heart failure. The six-week treatment programme will greatly reduce heart failure symptom, reduce mortality and the rehospitalisation rate in our country,” said Attawar.
Dr R Ravikumar, Associate Director - Heart Transplant Programme, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, noted that heart failure is the weakening of the heart muscle mostly due to a heart attack.
“As a result, the heart is unable to pump the needed amount of blood. India has been witnessing an increase in the number of heart failure cases due to factors such as lack of knowledge and the lack of available treatments to mention a few. India carries a high mortality rate during the patients’ hospital stay and post-discharge follow-up,” said Ravikumar.
In the first phase of the programme, one centre will be launched in Pune along with two centres in Chennai, three centres in Bangalore, two centres in Hyderabad, one centre in Mumbai and one each in Ahmedabad, Raipur and Bhubaneswar.