Pause for a brief moment, calm your nerves and listen to your patterned heartbeat. A tiny fistful of muscle named as HEART has been left there right at the center of your chest, wrapped around with the protection of your lungs. Designed in an artful form, it is there to take care of the blood supply, the blood that carries oxygen and nutrients to your different organs through an organized circulatory system. Divided into four chambers upper left and right atria; and lower left and right ventricles, the heart has been enclosed in a protective sac called the Pericardium. The wall of the heart as we call it has been dissected into three layers namely, epicardium, myocardium, and endocardium.
On an average, a human heart in its lifetime beats around 25 lakh times circulating around several lakh liters of blood to every part of the body. Apart from carrying the essentials like oxygen, hormones, cells and several other compounds, the circulating blood also whisks away the metabolic wastes. Since all the organs of your body depend on the health of your heart, their essential functions fail when it stops working normally. However, when tamed and protected in the right manner, your heart can withstand for seven to eight decades with a never-ending workload and without displaying a sign of weakness. Sometimes even a small mishap in your body function can create a bigger damage to your heart. Smoking, lack of proper diet, staying away from the mandatory and much needed physical activities, infection that was not attended well may cause direct or indirect damage to your heart.
As we get older, people develop several cardiovascular diseases (diseases related to heart and its blood vessels) and it is a common belief that they are inevitable. But several kinds of research indicate that a healthy lifestyle right from a young age and mainly during the later stages of life can spare you from becoming a victim of cardiovascular diseases. An unhealthy lifestyle often paves way for a key heart problem called Atherosclerosis. The over-consumption of cholesterol-rich junk food forms small packets called plaque inside the arteries. When grown in size, these blocks can limit the blood flow through several arteries including the coronary arteries. This limited blood flow may affect the normal functions of your organs. Over a period of time, when this plaque breaks its resistance, it will result in a dangerous heart attack, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) or stroke.
At Fortis Malar, the best heart hospital in Chennai, we offer Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) as a solution for it. A healthy vein or artery from the body is connected as a bypass for the passage of blocked artery. As an alternative to this standard bypass surgery, we are also offering the Minimal Invasive Heart Surgeries such as Cardiothoracic Surgeries. Smaller incisions are made in the chest and the healthy part of the clogged arteries in your leg gets attached to the heart and it restores the normal blood flow conditions. Both these surgeries create a new passage and oxygen-rich blood gets circulated around the blockage to the heart muscle.
Today, Fortis Malar stands as Asia’s largest heart transplant center and the best cardiology hospital in Chennai by performing around 300+ heart transplantations ever since our inception. Our team of excellence in cardiac care extended their magical minds and hands to perform the most-complicated surgery like heart transplantations to patients belonging to different age groups. Right from a baby of just 1.5 years to a senior citizen of 78 years, we have successfully demonstrated the capabilities of our multidisciplinary cardiac care team. Besides the transplantations, we have performed over 1000 pediatric heart surgeries, the ones which are cited as the most complex ones around the globe.
When it comes to congenital heart defects mainly in children, rather than rooting for complicated surgeries, we often discuss the possibilities of performing Non-Surgical Closure of Heart Defects. Remarkable and advanced medical care procedures have been developed lately and right now this technique is used for the majority of congenital heart problems. Based on its nature, the issues which are inborn can be fixed without the need for complicated surgeries. Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is one such condition. In the developing fetus, the ductus arteriosus serves a fetal blood vessel connecting the pulmonary artery to the proximal aorta. This closes automatically after the birth. However, in some cases, it fails to close after birth and results in PDA. This issue can be fixed through various non-surgical methods. Our leading-edge therapies backed up by the latest researches are formulated as patient-friendly ones. Our primary objective is to stabilize the cardiovascular issues one way or the other so that the patients can be moved to a less intensive care environment in no time. This will catalyze the healing process and the health will be restored in no time.
Areas of Care
Fortis marches forward as a vanguard in cardiac care and the best heart hospital in Chennai by building an exceptional in-house support team consisting of Cardiologists, Pediatric Cardiologists, Heart Specialists and Vascular Surgeons. Our enthusiastic team of experts encourages holistic thinking when it comes to cardiac treatments. This serves as the fulcrum for the rightful recommendations and the effective outcomes we deliver. Our cardiac care unit consists of exclusively built labs, units, and theatres populated with skilled members of modern medicine and equipped with the cutting-edge technology much needed for the sensitive heart labs. Only our bespoke care for each patient has helped us to build a Cardiac Care of excellence with an excellent reputation and placed us as a frontrunner for heart care in a robust city like Chennai, which also serves as a home for several other healthcare providers.