The event was preceded by an ‘Open House’ where the public and nursing college students were invited to view the pathology specimens of the normal heart
Frontier Lifeline Hospital, Chennai, recently organised a CME programme on ‘Genomics of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy’ in Chennai. The event was preceded by an ‘Open House’ where the public and nursing college students were invited to view the pathology specimens of the normal heart and different types of cardiomyopathy were exhibited from the Medivelle Science park. In addition to this, ‘Heart lung machine’ was also displayed, to increase awareness about cardiomyopathy (especially Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy HCM), during the programme.
Dr KM Cherian, Founder and CEO, Frontier Lifeline Hospital in his address, highlighted the need of CRY clinic in India and said, “Cardiac Risk in Young (CRY) clinic is one such programme which is well established in western countries, to help the affected individuals to receive treatment early and the family members by providing genetic screening / family counselling. The awareness is less in India and no dedicated set up is available to guide the patients and family members. Also, witnessing the sudden death amongst the young people (less than 35 years) i.e. one in four due to cardiac pathologies, Frontier Lifeline Hospital had launched India’s first CRY clinic in March 2015 and took this initiative”.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Dhavendra Kumar, an authority in clinical genetics from University of Wales, Cardiff, UK, delivered a guest lecture on the ‘Genomics of ‘Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy’, to enrich the knowledge and understanding of the general physicians and cardiologists of HCM genomics and how it can applied in clinical practice for treating patients and also provide screening for family members.
Leading the CME program, Dr Rajaram Anantharaman, Head,CRY clinic and the Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Frontier Lifeline Hospital, made an announcement of organising screening camps, once in a month in the community and the colleges.