India's first successful Percutaneous TAVI performed at
Cardiac surgeons team led by Dr. Ashok Seth
New Delhi, February 29, 2011: India's first successful
Percutaneous Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI),
a non-surgical, without cardiopulmonary bypass, Cath Lab
based heart valve replacement procedure was performed by a
team of doctors led by Dr. Ashok Seth, Chairman - Cardiac
Sciences, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. The doctors at
Fortis Escorts have performed this path-breaking and
revolutionary procedure on three elderly patients, over 70
year old, with severe calcified Aortic stenosis.
All three patients had severe breathlessness and heart
failure, which could have been fatal. They were high- risk
patients for Valve Replacement Surgery as two of them had
already undergone bypass surgery and all were getting on in
years. The valve implantation was performed in the Cath Lab.
Each procedure took approximately two hours and was conducted
through the groin in an angioplasty-like procedure, without
opening the chest or putting the patient on bypass.
About Fortis Escorts Heart Institute
Dr Ashok Seth has been involved in the early stage of
development of the catheter-based valve replacement procedure
and performed one of the first cases in the world in 2004.
While briefing the media, Dr. Ashok Seth, Chairman - Cardiac
sciences, Fortis Escorts Heart institute said, "It is yet
another first from the hospital which is known to undertake
state-of-the-art procedures, in an effort to bring the latest
and finest in healthcare treatments for patients. With this
non-surgical procedure, patients who suffer from calcified
aortic stenosis, which specifically increases with age, will
benefit. Surgical procedures for these patients can pose a
high risk, because of age and other factors."
TAVI is an alternative to open heart surgery and is
considered a better alternate since it is a minimally
invasive procedure. This heart surgery can be performed using
echocardiographic and fluoroscopic guidance for visualization
during implantation. The valve is positioned and deployed
across the patient's diseased aortic valve. The patient can
be discharged soon after the surgery, unlike in a bypass
surgery. The patient also does not need to be on heavy
medication and can resume a perfectly healthy life with the
help of basic medication, regular check-ups and a proper
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, the first fully dedicated
cardiac care facility in India is part of Fortis
About Fortis Healthcare (India) Ltd.
Ltd. Fortis Escorts Heart Institute has set benchmarks in
cardiac care with its path-breaking work over the past
22 years. Today, it is recognised world over as a centre of
excellence, providing the latest technology in Cardiac Bypass
Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery (Robotics),
Interventional Cardiology, Non-invasive Cardiology,
Paediatric Cardiology and Paediatric Cardiac Surgery. The
hospital is backed by the most advanced laboratories
performing a complete range of investigative tests in the
field of Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, Biochemistry,
Haematology, Transfusion Medicine and Microbiology.
Fortis Healthcare (India) Limited is a leading, integrated
healthcare delivery provider in the Pan Asia-Pacific region.
The healthcare verticals of the company span primary
healthcare, speciality day care, diagnostics and hospitals,
with an asset base in 10 countries, many of which represent
the fastest-growing healthcare delivery markets in the world.
Currently, the company operates its healthcare delivery
network in Australia, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, India,
Mauritius, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam with
75 hospitals, over
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12,000 beds, 580 primary care centres, 191 day care
speciality centres, over 210 diagnostic centres and a talent
pool of over 23,000 people. Fortis is driven by the vision of
becoming a global leader in the integrated healthcare
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lives through clinical excellence.