Cardiologists are doctors who aid the heart in keeping healthy. A cardiologist diagnoses the cardiovascular diseases and specializes in treating the symptoms of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiologists specialize in different fields of cardiology since the subject of the heart is so vast. There are pediatric cardiologists who focus on the heart problems of children, there are adult cardiologists who treat adult heart problems and there are certain cardiologists who target interventional procedures (balloon angioplasty and stent placement), echocardiography, and electrophysiology.
The list of best cardiologists in India is long and includes some very stupendous surgeons who have won laurels in their specialized field. Some of the best include Dr. Ashok Seth, Dr. NareshTrehan, Dr. Ajay Kaul, Dr. (Col.) Manjinder Singh Sandhu, Dr. K.K. Talwar, and Dr. Purshottam Kale. These doctors have an experience of more than 35 years. Dr. Ashok Seth is the well renowned cardiologist who has won the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan, which are the highest civilian awards in India. He has performed a record number of 50,000 angiograms and 20,000 angioplasties, which has featured him in the LIMCA Book of records. Dr. NareshTrehan is the founder of Escort Hospitals and has served as the personal surgeon to the President of India since 1991. He also has been awarded with the prestigious Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. Dr. Majinder is a prominent cardiologist who has had the honor of accompanying the President of India on various tours.
Apart from cardiology, heart transplant is also an extremely important field and the famous heart transplant doctors Indiaare Dr. K.R. Balakrisnan, Dr.NareshTrehan, Dr. DeviprasadShetty, Dr. Mahadev Dixit, Dr. VivekJawali, Dr. Ramakanta Panda, Dr. MukundanSheshadri, Dr. SK Sinha, Dr. Ganesh Nayak, Dr. Praveen Kumar, Dr. S Bhattacharya, and Dr. ZainulabedinHamdulay, who are respected doctors in the heart transplant surgery field. Heart transplant surgeries are performed when the heart is weak and cannot pump blood independently and it has reached the end stage where no medications, surgeries or implant devices can help the heart restore its efficiency. The unhealthy heart of the patient is replaced with the healthy heart of a brain-dead donor, within four hours of harvesting from the deceased donor. It is a tedious process but the top surgeons in India are phenomenal in this field.
Dr. K.R. Balakrishnan is a reputed surgeon, the first cardiologist in India to successfully perform HVAD implant surgery, and LVAD implant surgery as destination therapy. He was eminent in starting India’s First Comprehensive Centre for Heart Failure Management at Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai. Dr. Ramakanta Panda has been awarded the Padma Bhushan. He is the first Indian doctor to introduce the concept of ‘Total Arterial Revascularization’. Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty has had the honor of being the physician of the esteemed Mother Teresa. He has performed the first neonatal cardiac surgery in India in 1992. In 2003, he designed the world’s cheapest comprehensive insurance scheme, called Yeshasvini Farmer’s Cooperative Scheme and has been a Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee.
With the outstanding efforts of such gifted surgeons, India’s cardiovascular health has been in safe hands for years.