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HUBBALLI: Equipped with the services of full-time pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiac surgeons as well as infrastructure facilities like ECHO, Cath Lab, Cardiac OT facilities, and pediatric ICU, SDMNH Dharwad has emerged as a ray of hope for Paediatric cardiac care in Northern Karnataka.

With these facilities, this center is believed to be able to deliver world-class pediatric cardiac care to the children of North Karnataka. The center also has facilities to treat cardiac ailments among adults as well.

Elaborating about the state of pediatric cardiac care, Dr.Ravivarma Patil-Consultant cardiac Surgeon, Narayana Health City, Bangalore, said “Every 3 minutes 1 baby is born with a heart defect and needs treatment within first few months to years for survival. In India, the scenario is further alarming. 1 out of 100 babies in India is born with various cardiovascular ailments requiring Indian healthcare industry is to equip themselves with expertise and medical facilities to save these children. We need more and more doctors who can perform complex and critical surgeries like Intra Cardiac Repair and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.”

“We are glad that we could save those babies and they have responded to the treatment modality and living a healthy life” added Dr. Ravivarma Patil.

SDM Narayana Heart Centre, Dharwad has added another feather to its illustrious medical capability by completing more than 50 complex pediatric cardiac surgeries in a short span of four months. The surgeries were performed to treat children as young as 11 months to 9 years.

Further, the pediatric cardiac team had also treated babies with a complex condition like “Tetralogy of Fallot”, which is a rare congenital condition, wherein four heart defects are combined into one.

The team of doctors included Dr. Ravivarma Patil, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, Narayana Health City, Bangalore, Dr. Shanmukh Hiremath, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon, SDMNH-Dharwad, Dr.Pramod Hoonur, Cardiac Anaesthetists, SDMNH-Dharwad, Dr.Ganesh Nayak, Cardiac Anaesthetist, SDMNH-Dharwad, Dr.VivekanandGajapati-Consultant Cardiologist, Dr. Chaudappa Shakapur-Consultant Cardiologist, and Dr.Mahesh Honnalli- Consultant Cardiologist-SDMNH-Dharwad.

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