Bengalure September 08:
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is indeed my pleasure to inaugurate the Annual Conference of Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons of India.
I believe this conference will come out with new insights and sharing of experiences will enrich you in this field.
Studies have shown that Cardiovascular Disease is steadily increasing in India which was 2% in 1960, now it is touching 12%. At this rate by 2020, the highest number of cardiac cases including Heart Attack will be in India.
The Cardiovascular Disease alone accounts for nearly 25% of total deaths in this country which is really alarming and 1/4th of Heart Attacks is seen below 40 years of age which is equally disturbing.
Present lifestyle and the aging population with a host of diseases like diabetes and hypertension increase the cardiovascular risk.
Karnataka, especially Bengaluru has several hospitals which provide high quality of cardiac care. I feel very proud to mention that one of premiere institutions like Shri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology is providing such treatment to the poor in the State.
Cardiovascular Disease at present is no more a disease of rich and elite class; it is also increasing among poor people, villagers, slum dwellers and poor labourers. So the need is to adopt preventive measures across cross section of the society at its primitive stage.
At the same time, it is the responsibility of the Medical Profession & the Hospital Sector to provide quality cardiac care at an affordable cost and free treatment in deserving poor.
It is also heartening to know that emphasis on health care innovation is being given in hospitals across the country and quite a few Institutes like Appollo have pioneered in minimal access cardiac surgery in the country.
I have experienced the advantages of minimal access cardiac surgery and it is amazing to see myself recovering sooner.
Though this kind of surgery is in its nascent stage in India, with greater challenges, I believe that this would take the centre stage in future and benefit the people irrespective of rich and poor.
With these words, I conclude my address. I wish this conference a grand success and wish to see the day when people reap the benefit of such surgeries in large numbers.