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Introduction

One of the Centres of Excellence of BLK Super Speciality Hospital, the BLK Heart Centre was conceived to provide a state of art fully equipped cardiac care centre to provide comprehensive services to our patients. The entire gamut of services from diagnostic non invasive services, nuclear scans, and CT imaging is available under one roof, as are top class Interventional cardiology, Interventional radiology and Neuro interventional services. A full range of Cardiac surgery and Vascular surgery services complete the therapeutic armamentarium for providing patients with the best in class treatment that is their right. 

BLK Heart Centre is a part of BLK Super Speciality Hospital - one of India’s largest, private sector, tertiary care hospitals. The Centre was conceived to provide state-of-the-art comprehensive cardiac care to the patients.

At the Heart Centre we have adopted a 'Heart Team' approach to care for patients with Cardiovascular diseases. As there have been many advances in surgery and cardiology, it is very important to maintain a rational approach. To plan the management of patients and deliver the best of care, the Heart Team comprising of Cardiac Surgeons, Cardiologists, Intensivists, Physicians, Cardiac Anaesthesiologists and Intensive Care Experts work in synergy providing the best possible outcomes.

The Centre’s team of experts is internationally recognized for their pioneering work in the field of Total Arterial Grafting, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Coronary Bypass Surgery, Complex Congenital Cardiac Surgery, Surgery for Aneurysm including Endovascular and Hybrid procedures, Interventional Cardiac procedures of all kinds - from Electrophysiology and Coronary Angioplasty to Interventions for correction of congenital anomalies.

 


 

Understanding Heart Failure

What is heart failure?

Heart failure occurs when your heart muscle does not pump or eject blood out, as well as it should, or when heart muscles become very stiff and do not fill up with blood easily. This results in poor oxygen and nutrient delivery to the rest of your body, which makes you feel weak and tired. The accumulation of blood in your organs causes various congestion symptoms.

What causes heart failure?

Any disease that weakens the heart muscle can lead to heart failure. The most common causes of heart failure are:

  • Blockages in blood vessels, leading to heart attack
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Disease of the heart valves
  • Heart disease from birth
  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer drugs
  • Infection in the heart muscle e.g. viral fever

What are the symptoms of heart failure?

  • Recent unexplained weight gain
  • Shortness of breath after climbing a flight of stairs or while getting dressed
  • Difficulty in breathing and / or cough when lying down
  • Weakness, tiredness or dizziness
  • Swelling in your ankles, legs or back
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain and a feeling of fullness

If you develop any of these symptoms or they are getting worse, call your physician

Management of Heart Failure

How is heart failure treated?

There is no cure for heart failure, but you can prevent it from getting worse and often help it to get better. Here are some tips that you can follow to feel better:

  • Take regular medication and follow-ups
  • Eat less sodium (low salt)
  • Restrict water / fluid intake
  • Exercise
  • Make lifestyle changes
  • Weigh yourself (alternate days)
  • Quit smoking and avoid alcohol
  • Control stress
  • Treatment of heart disease causing heart failure e.g. Angioplasty or Bypass Surgery for blockages and Valve Repair or Replacement, etc.

New treatment

There have been many new developments in treating heart failure. If medication and lifestyle changes are not enough to control your symptoms, your doctor may suggest:

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)
A normal heart sends electrical signals to both lower chambers or "ventricles" of the heart to make them pump at the same time. Sometimes in heart failure patients, the two chambers do not pump together. A special pacemaker called CRT (a small battery-powered device) is placed under the skin that helps make the two sides of the heart beat in a coordinated manner. CRT is a pacemaker that tells both ventricles to pump at the same time, thus reducing your heart failure symptoms and increasing your ability to exercise and be more active.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
Some patients with heart failure have dangerously fast heartbeats called "Ventricular Tachycardia" or "Ventricular Fibrillation” which can cause serious symptoms such as fainting or even death. An ICD is like a pacemaker that can be inserted under your skin, with an aim to recognise a dangerous heartbeat. The ICD then returns it to a normal beat through an electrical signal. If your heart needs both CRT and ICD; they can be placed at the same time using one device.

Heart Pumps
A Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) is a mechanical pump inserted into your body to improve blood flow. When your heart is unable to pump enough blood to the various organs of your body, an open heart surgery is required to implant the mechanical pump. The VAD works together with your own heart to pump more effectively. VADs can stabilize your heart condition, thereby allowing you to become stronger and feel better. VADs are also used as an alternative to heart transplantation for patients who are waiting for a new heart.

Heart Transplantation
Heart Transplantation is an operation to replace a diseased heart with a healthy donor heart. Heart Transplantation is a treatment used for severe heart failure, when medication or surgery is ineffective. Heart Transplant can dramatically improve the survival and quality of life of patients with severe heart failure. However, transplant candidates often have to wait for a long time before a suitable donor heart is available.

BLK Heart Failure Clinic
BLK Heart Centre runs a Heart Failure Clinic dedicated to patients with heart failure. Patients are educated about the cause and treatment of heart failure and proper counselling is done to stabilise their symptoms. Our focus is to avoid unnecessary hospitalisations and improve quality of life of heart failure patients. The Centre offers a patient and family-centered approach to care.

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    Sr. Consultant & Director
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    Sr. Consultant & Director
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