KIMS enters hi-tech lane for high risk Heart & Lung patients

The Bhubaneswar hospital becomes second in the country to install 3D EP Lab

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Bhubaneswar (Orissa): Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) is fast evolving into a high tech hospital catering to all high risk conditions. With installation of ECMO, first in Orissa and 3D EP Lab facility, first in eastern India, KIMS emerges into a centre of excellence for the treatment of advanced heart and lung diseases.

The life saving state-of-the-art Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is also known as extracorporeal life support (ECLS). It is an extracorporeal technique of providing prolonged cardiac and respiratory support to persons whose heart and lungs are unable to provide an adequate amount of gas exchange to sustain life.

Dr Anupam Jena, DM, Cardiology, said, ‘ It is the last resort for a patient when ventilator-support and drugs fail. It is very useful in saving lives in conditions such as Hypoxemic/Hypercarbic Respiratory failure, Refractory Cardiogenic shock, Septic shock, Post Cardiac surgery, Bridge to Heart Transplant, Post Heart Transplant, Lung Contusion/Acute Pulmonary Embolism etc. It is a highly technical job with team work which requires round the clock intense involvement of specialists. ECMO in KIMS is a boon to the state of Odisha.

The hospital has also installed complete EP System for EP Study. Electrophysiology studies test the electrical activity of the heart to find where an arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) is coming from. Dr Panchanun Sahu, DM, Cardiology said, ‘ These results can help the doctor decide whether the patient needs medicine, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery.’

KIMS has a complete set of EP system with 2D & 3D facilities. This is second such system in whole of India. This is first such EP system with a trained cardiologist in Eastern & Central India.

Cardiac Electrophysiology (EPS) and Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is an advanced modality of treatment for abnormal beating of the heart. Abnormal heart rhythm can cause Sudden Cardiac Death, which are potentially cured by EPS and RFA. With the installation of latest 3D EP lab, for the first time in Eastern India and second in the Country, round the clock comprehensive care for Cardiac Arrhythmias by Internationally trained efficient EP Specialist, is now available at KIMS, Bhubaneswar. This facility will help the patients of our state suffering from Cardiac Arrhythmias, who used to travel to far off places for EPS and RFA.

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