Apollo Hospitals in collaboration with Japanese doctors successfully treat difficult coronary artery blocks.

Apollo Hospitals in collaboration with Japanese doctors successfully treat difficult coronary artery blocks.

Apollo Hospitals in collaboration with Japanese doctors successfully treat difficult coronary artery blocks.

 Chennai, October 17 2019:  Apollo Hospitals, India’s premier healthcare service provider organized Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) workshop in the presence of world renowned Cardiologist, Dr.  Tomohiko Teramoto  Chief Director at the Cardiovascular Medicine, Ichinomiya Nishi Hospital, Ichinomiya, Aichi, Japan at Apollo Speciality Hospitals Vanagaram, today. The workshop was attended by  50 doctors including 30  cardiologists in which advance techniques in Interventional Cardiology were discussed.

 Dr.  Tomohiko Teramoto is one of the Pioneers in the field of Complex Coronary Intervention who has successfully performed several thousands of Complex Coronary Interventions and trained several cardiologists in such procedure.

Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) occurs when the coronary artery is completely blocked with fatty deposits inside its walls for more than 3 months causing chest pain and breathlessness. These blocks are made up of hardened tissues that are difficult to cross using routine guide wires and balloon catheters. Worldwide CTO is considered the last resort in cardiac intervention procedures. The success rate of an angioplasty procedure in such cases depends upon specialized training, experience, and innovative devices designed specifically for CTO.

Treatment of multiple, severe blocks including long segment blocks,  small blood vessel blocks and 100% blocks called CTOs are lot more successful nowadays with improved devices that are available. Unlike the routine angioplasty, Japanese have developed highly specialised wires, balloons and catheters that are specifically used for treating CTO.

 Today’s event demonstrated the latest equipment used in the most skilful way to treat coronary artery disease. The workshop witnessed consultant cardiologists from Chennai and out of Chennai participating in the live workshop organised by Apollo Speciality Hospital Vanagaram.

Presenting couple of recent successful procedures Dr. Harikrishnan Parthasarathy, Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Apollo Speciality Hospital Vanagaram said, “Coronary artery disease is an epidemic and there is a worrying increase in younger population in India. This is mainly due to improper lifestyle and bad food habits. Drug eluting stents have revolutionised coronary artery disease treatment and outcomes are comparable to bypass surgery with reduced risk to life. We have worked in collaboration with the doctors from Japan in various cases for successfully treating such difficult blocks.”

Apollo Hospitals group was the pioneer in India to launch the first center dedicated to the field of Chronic Total Occlusions (CTO) offering angioplasty procedures for 100% blocked arteries. The CTO center has the best technology and the latest equipments like IVUS, a technology that is used in very few centers across the country to assist in CTO procedures. IVUS technology is

the most powerful and safe tool to perform these complex procedures. Apollo Speciality Hospitals Vanagaram has performed many successful CTO procedures over the years as it offers best technologies including IVUS cardiac catheterization suites, CT Coronary Angiography, Cardiac MRI and Coronary guide wires, micro-catheters, balloons and Intra Vascular Ultra Sound (IVUS) and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).

About Dr. Tomohiko Teramoto 

Dr. Tomohiko Teramoto Chief Director at the Cardiovascular Medicine, Ichinomiya Nishi Hospital, Ichinomiya, Aichi, Japan. is a pioneer in CTO procedures and is one of the best doctors in the world in clearing 100% blocked arteries. Over the years, he has demonstrated highly advanced special techniques and skills during live case demonstrations. He has numerous international publications to his credit and is one of the most respected and invited live demonstrators from Japan.

About Apollo Hospitals

It was in 1983, that Dr. Prathap C Reddy made a pioneering endeavour by launching India’s first corporate hospital – Apollo Hospitals in Chennai.Now, as Asia’s foremost trusted integrated healthcare group, its presence includes over 12,000 beds across 72 Hospitals, 3500 Pharmacies, 150 Primary Care Clinics, 750 Telemedicine Centres, 15 medical education centres and a Research Foundation with a focus on global Clinical Trials, epidemiological studies, stem cell & genetic research, Apollo Hospitals has been at the forefront of new medical advancements with the most recent investment being the commissioning of South East Asia’s very first Proton Therapy Centre in Chennai.

Every four days, the Apollo Hospitals Group touches a million lives, in its mission to bring healthcare of international standards within the reach of every individual. In a rare honour, the Government of India had issued a commemorative stamp in recognition of Apollo’s contribution, the first for a healthcare organization. Apollo Hospitals Chairman, Dr. Prathap C Reddy, was conferred with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2010.For 35 years, the Apollo Hospitals Group has continuously excelled and maintained leadership in medical innovation, world-class clinical services and cutting-edge technology. Its hospitals are consistently ranked amongst the best hospitals in the country for advanced medical services.