India’s First Exclusive Centre for Aortic Diseases Inaugurated

Institute of Cardiac & Aortic Disorders (ICAD) at SIMS Hospital

Inaugurated Aortic Aneurysm Centre an exclusive center for treating gamut of Aortic Diseases in India. The launch witnessed participation of over 100 Patients and their kin, who had Cardiothoracic Surgery. Other stakeholders from all over the state also witnessed the launch ceremony. Mr. N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu Publishing Group launched the Aortic Aneurysm Centre and presided over as the Chief Guest. Dr. Raju Sivasamy, Vice President – SIMS Hospital addressed the gathering. The launch ceremony was conducted successfully under the guidance of  Dr. V.V. Bashi, Director – ICAD, SIMS Hospital.

“There is an increase in the number of patients with aortic diseases in India, Approximately 3 – 4 lakh people suffer from various types of Aortic Aneurysms in India every year; out of which only 1000 people are getting treated. The prime objective of this Aortic Aneurysm Centre is to create awareness among Public and surgeons alike about Aortic Diseases. Awareness and  advanced treatment modalities are the key factors in bringing down aortic diseases in India.” Said Dr. V.V. Bashi.

Acute aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection is a dreaded complication which occur in more than about 3-4 lakhs of people in India every year. Aortic dissection is a life threatening complication needing treatment within 24 hours, If not treated patient will die. In our country the awareness about aortic diseases is the least among public. If the disease can be diagnosed early most of the patient can be treated successfully, with success rate of more than 95%.  Very few centers in our country are performing aortic surgeries in large numbers. The basic risk factors for this disease are uncontrolled hypertension, smoking and some cases it occurs in inherited as a familial disease. There are no dedicated centers in India so far to treat this particular problem.

September 19 is celebrated as  World Aortic Disease Awareness day wherein we are participating along with other countries across the globe to create awareness among the public. From India, we are the only center which is participating in this event. Our hospital is providing free screening programme for one month, for patients who are at risk for aortic disease.

We are inaugurating an exclusive center for aortic diseases for following reasons,

  1. To create awareness among the people thereby to control the factors which cause this problem like proper control of blood pressure, avoidance of smoking , exercise, controlling obesity and saving people who are at risk especially in some family where there is history of aortic aneurysm.
  2. To provide treatment for these conditions we need a big aortic team which includes Cardiothoracic surgeon, Cardiologist, Interventional radiologist, Cardiac Anaesthesiologist, Perfusionist, Intensivists, transfusion medicine specialist and large number of paramedical staff.
  3. V V Bashi and the team had performed more than 1,500 aortic surgeries which is one of the largest from any country on par with International standards.

About ICAD:   ICAD at SIMS Hospital is one among the largest and dedicated Aortic Diseases Management Centre in India. Our hospital is equipped with all modalities of investigations to diagnose the disease within half an hour and take them immediately for surgery in case of emergency. Dr. V.V. Bashi – Senior Cardiothoracic and Aortic Surgeon, Dr. Murali – Senior Interventional Radiologist and Dr. Aju Jacob, Senior Cardiovascular Anaesthesiologist head the team.  To perform these Complex procedures, a sophisticated state–of–the-art infrastructure is necessary. This is made a reality by the team headed by the Chairman of SRM Group Mr. Ravi Pachamoothoo.

About SIMS Hospital: SIMS Hospitals (SRM Institutes for Medical Science) is the world renowned SRM Group’s corporate hospital located in the heart of Chennai city.  This 345 bed hospital offers 360 degree advanced primary, specialty medical care, cross specialty consultation, comprehensive diagnostic and multi-organ transplant facilities, all under one roof.

 With the finest combination of experience, expertise, cutting edge technology and well-coordinated mufti-speciality Quaternary care facilities and patient centric team work, SIMS Hospital Chennai is committed to deliver services of international standards. SIMS Hospital offers holistic health care that includes prevention, prophylactic treatment and care, rehabilitation and lifestyle health education and guidance to patients, their families and clients.  At SIMS, every step is aimed at ensuring excellence in patient care.-Dr. R.Mohana krishnan., PhD.,