'Cardiac centres should be located every 40 kms'

By Indo Asian News Service | Thursday, December 27, 2012 | 8:00:15 PM IST (+05:30 GMT) Comment 0 Comment

Kolkata, Dec 27 (IANS) Cardiac care centres should be located within 30 to 40 kms of every citizen for timely action in case of emergencies, a leading cardiac surgeon said here Thursday.

Kolkata, Dec 27 (IANS) Cardiac care centres should be located within 30 to 40 kms of every citizen for timely action in case of emergencies, a leading cardiac surgeon said here Thursday.

"After a heart attack, there is a golden period of two hours within which, if proper action is taken, then the heart patient can be saved. Otherwise there is a possibility of permanent damage to the heart muscle. And therefore everybody should have access to a cardiac care centre situated within 30 to 40 kms," Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, managing director of Narayana Hrudayalaya (NH) Hospitals, said at a media conference here.

Raghuvanshi, who announced NH Group's partnership with Westbank Hospital to open a comprehensive cardiac care unit at its hospital in the neighbouring Howrah district, said it was a "first step" in making cardiac facilities accessible at the district level.

"This is a first step that will enable people from the districts to get the best of care in a cost effective manner. We will provide the infrastructure to ensure the cardiac unit becomes a state-of-the-art facility," said Raghuvanshi.

According to him, the cost of operations will go down as more number of people can avail of premier facilities.

"There will be a steady fall in the cost as the number of people getting operations done go up," said Raghuvanshi.

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