Chennai: The world today, lives in fear of the coronavirus. People and healthcare workers are overwhelmed with the stress of infection. But there is a more potent killer out there. Something no vaccine can protect you from, no mask can save you from- Heart disease.
People would do almost anything to avoid going to the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, that has resulted in many people ignoring the signs of a heart attack. Research shows that people are 17 times more likely to die from a heart attack than from Covid-19.
In an endeavour to create an awareness and offer rays of hope for a cure, the world’s leading heart specialists from across the globe have come together in a show of solidarity. TAVR World Tour is the first cardiovascular health awareness campaign, comprising of 20 cardiac specialist teams from 20 different cities across the world live on one global platform.
The objective is to educate the masses on modern cardiac treatments such as TAVR that is an alternative to conventional open-heart surgeries thereby reducing the recovery time to just twi days in most cases. This in turn reduces the risks involved under the current circumstances. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement or TAVR is a less invasive treatment than conventional open heart surgery to replace a heart valve. This campaign is the largest TAVR awareness program ever conducted in the world.
This program is an initiative by The Heart Valve Centre India, a unit of HeartTeam India- India’s first nation-wide team of cardiologists led by Dr A B Gopalamurugan. currently operating out of Kauvery Hospital, Chennai, Dr A B Gopalamurugan, Dr Prashant Vaijyanath, Dr Mohamed Abubacker and Dr Karthik Raj and their team of specialists.