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PGI Goes Live With Complex Procedure

Unlike in the private sector, pursuance of excellence, and in the process making a name for themselves, has been the primary goal of most distinguished doctors in the prestigious Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER, PGI for short) in Chandigarh. And this tradition continues, though arguably in a somewhat diminished manner.

A complex coronary angioplasty procedure in the catheterization lab of the PGI’s Advance Cardiac Centre (ACC), beamed live to a gathering of 1500-odd of the world’s best brains in interventional cardiology in Orlando, USA on Saturday, is another testimony to the high esteem in which PGI is held in the healthcare world.

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PGI Goes Live With Complex Procedure, Lifeinchd

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Photo By: Life in Chandigarh

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Participants in the 13th Annual Complex Cardiovascular Catheter Therapeutics (C3) conference, one of the most prestigious and recognized global interventional cardiology meetings in the world, were witness to Prof. Dr. Rajesh Vijayavergiya and his team from the Cardiology Department of PGI performing the complex and technically challenging coronary angioplasty of a 60 years old woman, who got admitted with complaint of recurrent chest pain at ACC. 

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After successful stenting, Prof. Vijayvergiya commented that the left main coronary angioplasty, shown live, was technically challenging and required great technical skills along with the use of advance hardware.  Since left main is one of the most important vessels supplying blood to the heart, treating it is always a battle of nerves, he added.

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Prof. Vijayvergiya informed that PGI, Chandigarh is amongst a handful of centers in India, where such kind of complex procedures are successfully performed on regular basis with use of advanced imaging modalities like intra-vascular ultrasound (IVUS) and optical coherence tomography (OCT).  

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He maintained that PGI being the only center in North India to beam live such a complex coronary angioplasty case to a prestigious international audience, clearly reinforced its position as one of the leading tertiary care institutes in the country, at par with leading international institutes in the field of interventional cardiology.

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