Narayana Health has now further strengthened its cardiac care services with the setting up of a dedicated state-of-the-art Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre at M S Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre at Mattikere in Bengaluru.
The Centre will help cardiac patients post surgery, especially those who have undergone heart transplant to return to an active life and prevent recurrence of cardiac events. The facility will assist in improving the health and well-being of patients through exercise training, education on heart healthy lifestyle, and counselling on diet and to reduce stress.
Cardiac rehabilitation is an emerging comprehensive medical intervention aimed at reducing cardiac risks. It is not just limited to patients after a heart surgery, but also for those who suffered a heart failure as well as patients diagnosed for risk of heart attack. The cardiac rehab team designs customized programs to meet patient needs based on their medical history. Apart from improving the quality of life and overall reduction in heart risk, the programme lowers psychological stress, reduces the number of recurrent heart attacks, heart failure admission and even sudden fatality.
According to Dr Nagamalesh U M, senior consultant heart failure & transplant cardiologist, M S Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre, primary causes for the reoccurrence of a cardiac ailment is imbalance in the autonomic nervous system of the patient. Apart from treatment it calls for a focused corrective programme to reduce the risk of a repeat occurrence.
Elaborating on patient benefits of cardiac rehabilitation programmes Dr. Nagamalesh said that cardiac rehab helps patients to rebuild their life with confidence – both physically and emotionally. The rehab program helps post transplant patients to regain their physical health and get back to an active lifestyle.
In 2016, M S Ramaiah Narayana Heart Centre performed 8 heart transplants. Many of those recipients were present at the opening of the centre. The youngest of them was a 24 year old Software Engineer and the oldest was aged 65 with a new lease of life.
Heart transplant is a treatment modality administered for patients suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease with scarred tissue from a heart attack or birth defects. To go ahead with the transplant the patient will need to be of less than 70 years of age. The preferred donor’s age is ideally below 40 with a healthy heart and no other medical complications.