TRICHY: Patients with congenital heart diseases will be able to avail treatment at the catheterization laboratory (cath lab) of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) government hospital in a month or two.
Patients with atrial septal defect (a hole in the wall separating the upper chambers in the heart) and ventricular septal defect (hole in the wall dividing lower chambers of the heart) can avail treatment. “The procedures are likely to commence in a month or two after receiving some specific equipment and training on the treatment method,” MGM government hospital dean Dr S Saradha told on Friday.
The cardiologist team headed by Dr T Balasubramanian at the hospital has been attending to a minimum of two cases of congenital heart diseases every week. “Such heart diseases require to be treated with procedures using devices at the cath lab. Since we have the facility now, we can provide enhanced treatment to needy patients including children, at our hospital,” said Dr Balasubramanian.
The process for other procedures like non-surgical treatment of stenotic (narrowed) valves with balloon dilatation and permanent pacemaker implantation is also in the pipeline, he added. The procedures which will be provided free-of-cost at the cath lab here will cost Rs 2 lakh – Rs 3 lakh in the private hospitals.
The chief Minister’s comprehensive health insurance scheme and Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana will cover the procedures. Since the inauguration of the cath lab on November 28, 2018, patients with heart diseases have been queuing up for procedures like coronary angiogram and angioplasty.
“As of now, we have performed 160 angiograms and 46 angioplasty for patients from Perambalur, Ariyalur, Pudukottai and Karur,” said hospital medical superintendent Dr R Yeganathan.