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The 14th Annual Conference of the Indian Heart Rhythm Society 2022 commenced on Sunday at Kochi

The Indian Heart Rhythm Society in collaboration with Abbott, a global healthcare company, is holding a Walkathon from Grand Hyatt, Bolagatty with the aim to raise awareness and promote the concept of a healthy heart to “Be Ready” to deal with a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) episode.

SCA claims a life every 90 seconds and refers to the abrupt loss of heart function resulting from a problem with the heart’s electrical system. It disrupts the heart’s pumping action and stops blood flow to the body.

“Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide. And for survival, time is of essence. Survival rate could be double or triple if more people take timely required action” said Dr Vinita Arora, Cardiac Electrophysiologist & Interventional Cardiologist, Apollo Hospital, New Delhi & Secretary – Indian Heart Rhythm Society 2022 in her special address to media before the commencement of 14th Annual Conference at Kochi.

  • The survival rate could double or triple if more people take the required action on time in case of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest claims one life every 90 Seconds worldwide
  • The 14thAnnual Conference of the Indian Heart Rhythm Society 2022 commenced on Sunday at Kochi

70% of out of hospital cardiac arrests occur at home, so it becomes more important for people around SCA patients, to know what needs to be done, says Dr Vinita Arora.

DrVanitasaid, “One of the major distinguishing factors between Sudden Cardiac Arrest &a heart attack is that people who have the former will not have a pulse. A heart attack is caused when blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, though at times, a heart attack can trigger a sudden cardiac arrest if it causes an electrical disturbance in the heart.“

Case in point was an 18-year-oldtennis player who collapsed in the US after finishing his warm-up match recently. His teammate immediately jumped into action and started giving him CPR while the coach got an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and simultaneously called for medical support. The player survived. This case reiterates the importance of timely intervention.

Talking about the condition, Dr. A M Karthigesan, Consultant Electrophysiologist, Apollo Chennai said, “A majority of SCA cases will occur in the general population who are not known to have heart disease. Though peak prevalence of SCA is in the geriatric group, we’ve seen the age trend change in the last few years. There is a rise in prevalence from 30 years with peaks at 50 to 70 years. The existence of a large substrate of undiagnosed coronary artery disease in a younger population contributing to SCA is a major health issue in India that merits focused designing of effective preventive strategies. Therefore, we are focusing on the early diagnosis of cardiac disease and on-time treatment.”

The 14th annual conference of the Indian Heart Rhythm Society 2022 commenced on Sunday at Kochi. The conference is hosting prominent cardiologists from across the country who will deliberate on issues related to subjects such as sudden cardiac arrest, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac regulations, overall cardiac care and technology. It is a 3-day conference packed with engaging panel discussions, esteemed speakers, and a host of delegates.

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