Aster Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences
One of the most advanced facilities in the region for comprehensive heart care, the Aster Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences offers adult general cardiology, paediatric & neonatal cardiology, preventive cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiovascular thoracic surgery, paediatric cardiac surgery, electrophysiology and heart transplant services.
Designed to function like an independent hospital, the centre has an outpatient wing, an inpatient wing, a day-care unit, dedicated Cardiac ICUs, dedicated cardiac surgery suites, a state-of-the-art imaging facility and a 24-hour Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic to handle all emergencies.
What sets Aster Centre of Excellence in Cardiac Sciences apart is its outstanding team of doctors comprising adult cardiologists, adult cardio thoracic vascular surgeons, paediatric cardiologists, paediatric cardiac surgeons, electro physiologists, cardiac and interventional radiologists. Multidisciplinary in approach, they take time out to listen to patients carefully and provide the best of treatment, with the help of ACLS/BLS/ATLS/PALS certified nurses, dieticians, rehabilitation therapists and qualified technicians.
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. 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.
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.
Dr. Anil S.R is Consultant, Paediatric Cardiology, CoE Cardiac Sciences. He has more than 14 years of experience in comprehensive management of cardiac diseases in children and is an expert at Paediatric Cardiac Interventions, 2D and 3D Echocardiography and Fetal Echocardiography. He is a national board certified trainer for FNB program for Paediatric Cardiology.
Dr. Sunil Shivdas is Consultant, Interventional Cardiology, CoE Cardiac Sciences. With more than 3 years of experience, he is an expert in complex Coronary Interventional procedures like Primary Angioplasties, Bifurcations, Chronic Total Occlusions and his areas of special interest include Interventional Structural Heart Disease, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Heart Failure Management.
Dr. Raja Sekhar Varma is Consultant, Interventional Cardiology, CoE Cardiac Sciences. He has more than 9 years of experience in complex Cardiac and Endovascular procedures, and is an expert in diagnostic non-invasive procedures. His areas of special interest include Complex Coronary Angioplasty, Arrhythmia Management, Interventions for Acute MI, Interventions for Structural Heart Disease and heart failure and complex Endovascular Interventions.
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.
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.
A Paediatric Cardiologist trained in management of heart ailments in children and neonates, Dr. Nitin Avinash Yelikar’s areas of special interest include interventional paediatric cardiology and non-invasive imaging.
A Cardiologist trained in evaluation and management of cardiac diseases and emergencies, Dr. Shantesh’s areas of special interest include preventive cardiology and advanced echocardiography.
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.
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.
A Cardiologist with more than 4 years of experience, Dr. Paul Rapheal is trained in comprehensive non-invasive management of diseases and disorders of the heart in adults. His areas of special interest include preventive cardiology, cardiac investigations and cardiac emergencies.
A Paediatrician with experience in management of heart diseases in children, Dr. Tharun’s areas of special interest include paediatric intensive care, neonatology and paediatric haemato-oncology
The Heart Team Approach
In order to ensure optimal, evidence-based treatment to patients, the doctors here adopt a unique Heart Team Approach wherein the entire team discusses every case in detail and create a customised treatment strategy.
Understanding Your Heart
Your heart, which is approximately the size of your fist, is the strongest muscle in your body and keeps working day and night, continuously, to pump blood through your body.
A beautifully and intricately designed engine, the heart beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping 6 litres of blood through your body, which in turn flows through 60,000 miles of blood vessels.
What are the risk factors?
Heart diseases may be either congenital (by birth) or acquired.
It’s always good to get your heart health evaluated, especially if you are above 40.
Congenital Heart Defects
Heart defects that are present from the time of birth, which include heart valve defects, problems with the heart’s walls, disorders with the heart’s muscle, which can lead to heart failure or defects in connection among blood vessels.
Congenital heart problems are defects, not diseases. The defect is caused when the heart or blood vessels near the heart fail to develop normally before birth. If the defect is severe, symptoms start showing during the first few months after birth itself - the baby may go blue and the blood pressure can plummet after birth. Other common symptoms include breathing difficulties, feeding problems and poor weight gain.
Minor congenital defects are usually diagnosed in a routine medical check up. It is mandatory to get the child treated and the condition medically/ surgically managed, as ignoring symptoms may lead to life-threatening conditions.
Aster Paediatric Cardiology
Led by a team of doctors comprising highly experienced Pediatric Cardiologists/ Interventional Cardiologists and Paediatric Cardiac Surgeons who offer expert treatment for comprehensive management of heart diseases in children and neonates.
Considered one of the best facilities for Paediatric Cardiac Care in the region, the doctors here have treated several children with rare congenital heart defects, from around the world.
Men and Heart Diseases
Men, those especially above the age of 65 are highly prone to heart diseases. Conditions like high cholesterol levels, diabetes, stress, hypertension, unhleathy eating, smoking and excess alcohol elevates the risk steeply.
Women and Heart Disease
The occurrence of heart disease is very high in women over 40 years old, especially after menopause. The reasons are usually stress, hypertension, coronary heart disease (blocked arteries) and an unhealthy lifestyle.
Coronary Artery Disease
The most common of all heart problems, Coronary Heart Disease is caused when the coronary arteries or the arteries that supply blood to the heart get blocked. This results in a significant reduction of blood flow to the heart, depriving it of oxygen. Coronary Heart Disease can also be caused by atherosclerosis - a condition that leads to hardening of the arteries.
Coronary heart disease can cause angina or extreme pain in the chest, a heart attack or even sudden death.
People with metabolic syndrome are twice as prone to heart diseases, as this condition leads a cluster of risk factors that can cause cardiovascular disease and diabetes, including Atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease, diseases related to fatty buildups in artery walls, coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is also called insulin resistance syndrome.
Did you know that the nicotine content in cigarette narrows and hardens the arteries, obstructing free flow of blood to the heart? This can lead to serious heart ailments and even a sudden cardiac arrest. So remember, you cannot smoke away your stress. It will only leave you with more trouble and a damaged heart.
Angioplasty & Stents
Angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure that helps open blocked heart arteries. At times, Stent are placed during angioplasty to facilitate normal blood flow.
The first facility in Kerala with 3 cath labs including low radiation clarity cath lab and flat panel hybrid biplane cath lab, with state-of-the-art electrophysiology lab and intravascular and fractional flow reserve estimate
Bypass Surgery or Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
Living With A Heart Disease
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