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Is Heart Failure a public health priority in India?

Dr. K. Sarat Chandra, Consultant Cardiologist, Indo US Superspeciality Hospital, President – CSI

Dr. K. Sarat Chandra, Consultant Cardiologist, Indo US Superspeciality Hospital, President – CSI speaks to IndiaMedToday about the status of Heart Failure management in India

What are the significant advances in the management of heart failure? Like other areas of cardiology, heart failure also has seen great strides in management. We have a number of evidence based medications like ace inhibitors/arbs, betablockers, aldosterone antagonists and lately ARNI therapy which have  shown further reduction of mortality in heart failure patients. We have today devices like CRT which can improve the ejection fraction and outcomes in patients with left bundle branch block. The patients can also go for a LV assist device if they choose it. Of course we have cardiac transplantation for the relatively younger patients with severe symptoms. All these management and interventions are available in India. Pls could you tell us about burden of heart failure?

The burden of heart failure is huge with 26 million people all over the world suffering from heart failure.

Pls could you tell us about the reason for the rising prevalence of HF in India?

Heart failure is a disease of advancing age. Like the rest of the world India also is witnessing a …

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