‘Spectrum 2019’- a One-Day Cardiology Conference organized by A J Hospital
Mangaluru: A One-day Cardiology conference “SPECTRUM – 2019” was organized on Saturday the 12th January 2019 at “Hotel Ocean Pearl”, Mangaluru. The 8th edition of ‘SPECTRUM’ which started in 2012, this year attracted over 350 delegates consisting of Cardiologists, Physicians, Post-Graduates of Cardiology and Medicine all over Karnataka and neighboring states. Eminent speakers from India, as well as an International Speaker, adorned this conference. The programme included lectures, debates, interactive sessions in various fields of Cardiology.
Cardiology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the heart as well as parts of the circulatory system. The field includes medical diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease and electrophysiology. Physicians who specialize in this field of medicine are called cardiologists, a specialty of internal medicine. Pediatric cardiologists are pediatricians who specialize in cardiology. Physicians who specialize in cardiac surgery are called cardiothoracic surgeons or cardiac surgeons, a specialty of general surgery.
Although the cardiovascular system is inextricably linked to blood, cardiology is relatively unconcerned with hematology and its diseases. Some obvious exceptions that affect the function of the heart would be blood tests (electrolyte disturbances, troponins), decreased oxygen-carrying capacity (anemia, hypovolemic shock), and coagulopathies. Many of the topics pertaining to Cardiology was covered during the one-day conferences with informative details shared by eminent speakers.
The conference started at 9 am with the first agenda of the day was on -Points to Ponder: Courage and Orbita trials results: Lessons Learnt by Dr B V Manjunath, the Chief Cardiologist, A. J. Hospital & Research Centre & Prof & HOD of cardiology and A. J. Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangaluru. This was followed by Panel Discussion: HF Management-Role of ARNI: ‘Deep Dive into Paradigm and Transition study by Dr S K L David Sim- a senior consultant, national heart centre in Singapore. Following this was the inauguration of the conference held at 11 am, where the chief guest was Padmashree Dr C N Manjuanth-Director, SJICS & R, Bengaluru, with guests of honour- Prof Dr SGS Prabhu- Former Professor and Head of Cardiology, KMC, Manipal; Dr Ashok Hegde- Dean, AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangaluru; and presided over by Dr A J Shetty-President, AJ Group of Institutions. Dr Nithish Bhandary-Associate professor of General Medicine, AJ Hospital, Mangaluru, Dr R Purushotham -organizing secretary and Dr B V Manjunath-organizing chairman were also present on the dais.
Following the invocation by Ms Shailaja, the welcome address was delivered by Dr B V Manjunath. The conference was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by Dr AJ Shetty, along with all the dignitaries on the dais. Padmashree Dr C N Manjunath was felicitated on the occasion for his contribution in the field of Cardiology. Addressing the audience Dr C N Manjunath said, “Air pollution is the highest risk factor for heart disease, and 50% of the deaths are due to cardiovascular diseases. Doctors should follow three points- Talk, Touch and Treat. Doctors should also respect their patients and colleagues, and not criticize their colleagues whatsoever”.
He further said, “Today the medical field has become a war zone, where doctors are the soldiers, to face their enemies. These days doctors are a vulnerable target in this country. They are assaulted by the kith and kin of the patients, and even hospitals are vandalized, when it is not the fault of the doctors in patients deaths. But the law in our country is lacking in providing security to the doctors. Since we are in a digital technology era, it has disconnected friends, and overall, humanity. It is also noted that with doctors involving/dealing with various health camps, they to get affected with diseases, and we see many doctors get sick and die. Patience, Silence and Smile should always be possessed by doctors, to be a good and caring doctor. And also decision making is also important” added Dr Manjunath.
Also addressing the audience, Dr AJ Shetty said ” We all know heart-related diseases are on the rise, A.J. Hospital & Research Centre (AJHRC) has been a leading advanced tertiary healthcare center of India, providing the best care and treatment for cardiovascular disease. We are specialized and providing service to more than 30 major medical disciplines, embracing new technologies to offer high-level healthcare that matches the best in the country. Our institution is designed and built according to international standards to provide world-class healthcare. A modern facility boasting of the latest in equipment and infrastructure, the hospital is headed by a dedicated team of highly qualified and experienced doctors, supported by a professional cadre of trained nursing, paramedical staff and hospital administrative staff. With the vision of ‘Quality Health Care
for all’, the hospital provides a perfect match between patient needs and medical facilities, delivering quality healthcare at an affordable cost. Our Centre ensures continues quality assurance program and the first in the region to achieve `the coveted NABH accreditation for QCI. Have a great time at the conference”.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr R Purushotham, and programme was compered by Dr Samreen Jaffar and Dr Jithin Abraham Jacob of AJ Hospital and Research Centre. The inaugural programme was followed by talks on various topics pertaining to cardiology by eminent speakers, with the conference concluding with an interactive session by moderator
Dr Abdul Mansoor, Interventional Cardiologist, Indiana Hospital, Mangaluru.