A non-stop Dil Ka Darbar will be held on Sunday, 23rd September, 2012 at Talkatora Stadium. The event will have non-stop question answer session between top cardiologists of the city and the heart patients.
Addressing a press conference, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, said that in many heart patients, a second opinion is required. Elaborating on this, Dr Aggarwal said that in one-third of situations, it is very clear that a patient needs either bypass or angioplasty and in another one-third it is equally clear that a patient needs only medical treatment. It is the remainder one-third of cases, wherein there is a debate. In such situations, it is always better that a person takes a ‘joint opinion’ instead of multiple opinions.
The Darbar will provide opportunities to patients for such opinions. Surgeons, interventional cardiologists, clinical cardiologists and preventive cardiologists, diagnostic cardiologists will sit together under one forum and answer the queries of the people who need a second opinion during the Darbar.
A second opinion is also required as to when to intervene in patients with congenital and valvular heart disease. Situations may also emerge where one needs to decide whether to go for angioplasty or bypass surgery. Replacement of aortic valve often requires a team opinion than a single opinion. Whether a patient needs a bare metal stent or a drug eluting stent also can sometimes be a matter of debate. The answer is - when in doubt go for a joint opinion and not for multiple opinions.
The conference was co-addressed by Dr G K Mani, Senior Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Dr N N Khanna, Interventional Cardiologist from Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals. Under this facility, Apollo counter will conduct free heart checkup camp (ECG, BP,) to the patients and whosoever would need specialist consultation, would be connected to their cardiologist available for counselling at their hospitals in the country. This will be first time that such a facility has been created at the Dil Ka Darbar.
The event will also have facilities of telecardiology provided by Apollo Group of Hospitals. The darbar will also have practical telecardiology setups in which one will be able to translate the ECG and other parameters of a person right to the mobile phones of the doctors sitting anywhere in the Darbar or the city.