Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Relieving blocked arteries with coronary angioplasty and stenting at Billroth hospital

The recent times have witnessed a significant growth in people affected by coronary diseases, most of these being a result of clogged arteries and heart blocks. While many of these conditions can be treated with the latest treatment technologies, they may lead to life threatening complications if left untreated for long.

The institute of cardiology wing at Billroth Hospital is one of the top heart hospitals in Chennai, Tamil Nadu with its world class facilities and highly skilled team of experts. The treatment procedures such as PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) including coronary angioplasty and stenting are conducted here with the best cardiac surgeon in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Coronary angioplasty and stenting are therapeutic procedures that are done to treat blocked or narrowed arteries. The blockage is mainly caused due to stenotic segments or plague build-ups as a result of elevated cholesterol levels. Procedures such as angioplasty and stenting help in the widening of these arteries and removal of blocks to restore normal blood flow through these blood vessels.

Scope of the procedure

Billroth Hospital offers one of the best angioplasty treatments in Tamil Nadu. The procedure here is widely acknowledged for the high-quality stents used and the expertise of surgeons here.

Angioplasty and stenting procedures are ideally carried out for patients experiencing the following conditions: -

  • Blockages in coronary arteries
  • Those experiencing chest discomforts
  • Those who are at a risk of having heart attacks due to blockages


The procedure

The procedure of coronary angioplasty and stenting is performed under local anaesthesia and involves a catheter with deflated balloon into the artery. This is inserted through an artery either at the arm or wrist areas or in the groin area. The catheter is then guided to the blocked coronary artery, with the assistance of X-ray video.

Once the catheter is positioned near the area of the block the balloon is inflated to widen the area and then stents are used to hold on the walls in the widened position. The various benefits of the procedure in improving the blood flow and health of the patient. It also reduces the risk of heart failure due to clocks.

The cardiology wing at Billroth hospital offers the best angioplasty treatment in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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Monday, 5 June 2017

Total Stroke Care : Diagnosis, Treatment & Rehab

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a "brain attack". It is also known as a cerebrovascular accident or CVA. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, the brain loses its blood supply and the part of the body that the blood-deprived brain, the brain cells that becomes deprived of oxygen begin to die. During a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

Types of Stroke

There are three main kinds of stroke:

Ischemic strokes: Ischemic stroke is caused by ischemia ( the blockages or narrowing of the arteries that provide blood to the brain and results in severely reduced blood flow). These blockages are often caused by blood clots, which can form  in the arteries connecting to the brain.

Hemorrhagic strokes: This type of stroke are caused by arteries in the brain, either leaking blood or bursting open. The pressure of leaked blood that puts on brain cells and damages them. 

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs): Also referred to as mini-strokes, TIAs are different from the above mentioned kinds of stroke because the flow of blood to the brain is only briefly interrupted. In TIAs even if the blockage of the artery is temporary, they serve as warning signs for future strokes and indicates  that there is a partially blocked artery or clot source in the heart.

What are the risk factors for stroke?

The most common risk factors for stroke are the following:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Increasing age
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Patent foramen ovale
  • Heart valve disease 
  • Atrial fibrillation

Billroth Hospitals is one of the Best Cardiac Hospital in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The hospitals offers service of the Best Cardiac Surgeon in Chennai for the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of cardio-vascular diseases. The Institute of Cardiology in Billroth Hospitals comprises of a well-recognized team of Best Cardiologists in Chennai, ensuring the highest level of treatment for patients. 

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Can Diabetes Cause Heart Diseases???

Diabetes and heart diseases have found themselves adorning the new post of lifestyle diseases. Since the last two decades, there has been an overwhelming increase in the number of people affected with diabetes and heart diseases. The correlation between heart and diabetes can be visible from the following statistics.

Studies have shown that more than 68% of diabetic patients beyond the age of 65 years die from some kind of heart-related disorders. About 16% of those in this category die from issues like stroke. Diabetics have 4 times more chance to have a heart disease than the normal population.

Diabetes has been considered one of the main controllable risk factors for heart diseases. In many cases, heart diseases in diabetics go unnoticed.

Heart and Diabetes – Risk factors

Though diabetes is controllable, it does not reduce the risk associated with cardiovascular diseases. In fact, it increases the risk of stroke and heart diseases greatly. The situation can be controlled by regular check-ups and keeping an eye on the factors given below.

A positive association has been found between insulin resistance and high blood pressure or hypertension. Hypertension increases the risk of heart disease as well. In patients with a high BP and diabetes, the risk for heart disease is doubled.

High cholesterol and triglycerides
Cholesterol and abnormal lipid profile is common in people with diabetes. This is a main factor for coronary diseases as well. Hence the risk factor is multiplied in these cases.

Obesity and lack of physical activity
Obesity can cause several diseases especially in diabetes patient. A weight loss through regular exercise and physical activity can improve these risks and helps in leading a healthy life. A lack in physical activity leads to unhealthy fat deposition resulting in cardiovascular disorders. Regular exercise and healthy diet can help in effectively dealing with these factors.

Billroth Hospital and Institute of Cardiology provides world class healthcare at an affordable cost. Based in Chennai, the hospital specialises in efficient treatment for cardiovascular diseases.
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