India valves was founded in 2016 to create a National dedicated forum for Transcatheter valve therapy development that focuses on patient awareness, education, physician training and safe therapy delivery in this niche field of International Cardiology. After the last 2 successful meetings, India valves has put together processes in place to create its third course INDIA VALVES 2019 on 6th, 7th and 8th September 2019.

Valve disease of the elderly in the past required open heart surgery. However open heart surgery in the elderly leads to prolonged hospital stay, increase induration before getting back to normal quality of life and risks ICU based infections and stroke. In the recent years, valve replacement can now be done without open heart surgery allowing patients to be discharged home in 2 – 3 day’s time where by  quality of life improves soon after discharge and their risk from open heart surgery and prolonged  ICU stay is neglected. These procedures referred as Transcatheter aortic valve implantation or Transcatheter aortic valve replacement abbreviated as TAVI/TAVR. This TAVR treatment has been expanding slowly in India since 2010 when only a handful of devices where done in the country per year. Currently around 800 TAVR procedures are currently done in India per year. This number is exponentially growing every year as the world wide evidence suggests that elderly patients may benefit better with TAVR procedure compared to surgical open heart surgery. Because of the expanding worldwide evidence,in the united states of America and the Europe, currently more patients undergo TAVR procedure compared to surgical aortic valve replacement.

In India this treatment is slowly expanding with multiple devices. It is worth noting that in India the first clinical TAVR procedure was performed at Chennai,Tamilnadu and was published 2010. The maximum used TAVR valve called Evolute-R was first performed successfullyat Chennai, Tamilnadu and the first mitral valve replacement and tricuspid valve replacement in India without open heart surgery was also successfully first performed in Tamilnadu, India. In addition many other valve replacement procedurewithout open heart surgery started from Tamilnadu, India which makes Chennai, India as a birth place of many trancathetervalve therapies. India valves 2019 which is being organized under the leadership of DR. A.B. Gopalamurugan, Senior Interventional Cardiologist and Chief of Transcatheter valve department at kauvery hospital along withsenior pioneers in the country including Dr. G. Sengottuvelu, Consultant cardiologist, Apollo hospital, Dr. Praveen Chandra, Consultant cardiologist and chairman of cardiology, MetandaMedicity, New delhi, Dr. Ashok Seth, chairman for cardiology at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, Dr. Ravinder Singh rao, consultant internventional cardiologist, Eternal heart centre, Jaipur.The inauguration function for this meeting is due to bepricededover  byUnion Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Mr.Ashwini Kumar Choubeyalong with the State Minister for Health Dr. C. VijayaBaskar. The guest of honor include kauvery hospital managing directors Dr. S.Manivannan and Dr. Aravindanselvaraj along with Apollo hospital chairman team Dr. Prathap.C. Reddy and Vice chairmanDr. Preethareddy.

It is expected that 800 senior heart specialist will be gathering at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai between the 6th and 8th of September 2019 where India valves 2019 is being undertaken. Of note this is the third year this is been conducted successfully for the first time that it is been conducted at Tamilnadu, Chennai. The organizer and the course director Dr. A.B. Gopalamurugan mentioned at aninterview “ We are delighted and honored to host india valves 2019 at Chennai,India which is the birth place of many cutting edge Transcatheter valve therapies in the country. It will be a great knowledge sharing platform where we will learn from many other cardiologists. There are going to be 6 live heart valve replacement procedures transmitted directly from the operation theater. Of these two will be from United states of America and four will be from Chennai, tamilnadu. We hope that this will expand such cutting edge treatment to reach the wide a public and more patients will be benefited eventually achieving better quality of life in elderly patients which is our main aim”

It is noted that the union minister for state is going to make some important announcementson heart valve treatments and TAVR treatment in the country during this meeting and the national registry for TAVR is also going to be launched in this meeting.

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