“Fortis Hospital Cunningham Rd launches City’sfirst Cath Lab for emergency Heart Attack Treatment”

Fortis Hospitals Cunningham Road launched the city’s first dedicated Catheterization Lab, (in addition to the existing Cath lab) to provide emergency treatment to heart-attack patients.

Online PR News – 31-January-2014 – 30 jan 2014, Bangalore,Karnataka – “Fortis Hospitals Cunningham Road launches City’s first Cath Lab dedicated to emergency Heart Attack Treatment”

Bangalore, 30th January, 2014: Fortis Hospitals Cunningham Road launched the city’s first dedicated Catheterization Lab, (in addition to the existing Cath lab) to provide emergency treatment to heart-attack patients. Honorable Health and Family Welfare Minister of Karnataka Shri U T Khader, Commissioner of Police Shri Raghavendra H Auradkar and Chairman Cardiovascular Sciences Fortis Hospitals Dr Vivek Jawali inaugurated the Cath lab.

It is the first Cath lab in the city dedicated to emergency treatment for heart attacks. Fortis Cunningham Road witnesses an increasing number of heart attacks every day. On an average, the hospital caters to over 1200 angioplasties in a year in which 40% are emergency angioplasties. In 2013, the hospital treated over 450 patients for emergency angioplasty. The number has been on the rise each year, with an average of increase of around 23%. The newly inaugurated lab equipped with modern diagnostic and angioplasty facilities will not only reduce the waiting period but also be able to cater to an ever increasing number of patients thronging the specialty heart-care unit, every day.

“The Cath lab at Fortis Hospitals Cunningham Road marks an important chapter in the long and eventful history of specialty heart care hospital in Bangalore. After visiting the Cath lab I can say that this world class, hi-tech facility will serve as beacon of light for those in need of treatment in the wake of a heart attack. People of Bangalore will be greatly benefitted with this dedicated Cath lab,” said Shri U T Khader, Honorable Health and Family Welfare Minister.

• 1st 60 minutes in a Heart Attack is “Golden Hour”
• Key to survival is Emergency Angioplasty
• Dedicated Cath lab for emergency treatment during heart attacks can save many lives in the city
The opening of the new, dedicated Cath lab is aimed at further strengthening the Fortis’ ‘Attack the Attack’ heart attack awareness initiative, launched a few months ago. “The second Fortis Cath lab on Cunningham Road is an important milestone in the evolution of the hospital as a single-window destination for immediate treatment for heart attacks. The first 60 minutes, also called the ‘golden hour’- is a very critical phase in the life of a person who has just suffered a heart attack. The Cath lab seeks to fulfill an important life-saving mission for such critical patients. Emergency angioplasty has come to be recognized as the golden rule for the treatment of any heart-attack patients. Treatment in the “golden hour” is a guarantee for a total restoration of the damaged heart,” says Dr Vivek Jawali, Chief Cardio Thoracic Surgeon at Fortis Hospitals.

“With the increase in the number of heart attacks among a large section of society, a specified Cath lab will certainly help patients during emergency. I am very happy to hear that Fortis hospital is taking interest in growing emergency care. The city of Bangalore requires such critical care labs which can save valuable lives,” says Shri Raghavendra H Auradkar, Commissioner of Police.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Keshava R, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Fortis Hospitals Cunningham Road, said: “It is the best facility in the centre in CBD region. Emergency patients will not be delayed and will be ensured of the best emergency care which is crucial to saving more lives. Primary Angioplasty saves life and we will be able to reduce the door to balloon time from current 55 to 60 mins by another 15 mins which will help in saving the life further”.

“The Cath lab makes use of the latest advanced technology and hospital also has intra vascular ultra sound system which does imaging inside the coronary artery. This is a vital tool in carrying out complex angioplasty and optimizing angioplasty results,” adds Dr Keshava.

A Cath lab is an examination room in a hospital or clinic that uses diagnostic imaging equipment to visualize the arteries of the heart and the chambers of the heart and treat any stenosis or abnormality. The opening of the Cath lab assumes significance in view of the increasing need of angiography/percutaneous techniques like coronary angioplasty (ballooning) in any cardiac unit.

About Fortis Healthcare Limited:
Fortis Healthcare Limited is an integrated healthcare delivery service provider in Asia. The healthcare verticals of the company span primary care, diagnostics, day care specialty and hospitals, with a healthcare network spanning 8 countries. Currently, the company operates its healthcare delivery services in India, Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka with 65 healthcare facilities (including projects under development), over 10,000 potential beds, over 600 primary care centers, 240 diagnostic centres and a team strength of more than 18000 people.