Patients mostly belong to economically weaker sections of the society, who could not have afforded the cost of the treatment elsewhere.
Infrastructure and Equipment
The department offers all forms of non-invasive and invasive care and is equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
The non-invasive cardiac setup includes 3-channel ECG, Stress ECG, Holter, late potential vector analysis echocardiography, pacemaker analysis, stress echocardiography, 3-dimensional echocardiography and tissue doppler. The department employs a comprehensive imaging solution, the Picture Archival and Communication System (PACS) to capture, transmit and archive radiological, angiographic and echocardiogram images. These images can be accessed by doctors across the Cardiology and CTVS departments in the hospital.
The invasive cardiac setup has 2 fully-equipped top-of-the-line flat panel cath labs with hemodynamic recorders. The 16 bedded Critical Care Unit (CCU) is equipped with high-end patient monitors networked with a central station, ventilators, infusion pumps, ECG and echo machines, defibrillators, portable X-Ray and imaging units.
Other facilities include a departmental library with books on various aspects of cardiology. An angiography film library and a lecture hall cum conference room, with slide projector, overhead projector and computer with power point presentation facilities. There is facility of broadband internet connection at various locations for students.
1. Dr. P.K. Dash M.D, DM (Cardiology), F.A.C.C
Dr. Dash has over 20 years of experience in clinical cardiology and residency program training. He has successfully trained over 40 students in cardiology till date.
Backed by an illustrious academic and teaching record, Dr. Dash was nominated for the “Outstanding Health Professional Worldwide” award in 2007 by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England and more recently, received the “Rashtriya Rattan Award” for his contribution to the field of medicine in India in 2008. He has performed over 10,000 interventions till date, and is arguably the country’s leading non-coronary interventionalist. He is a life member of the Cardiology Society of India, Pediatric Cardiology Society of India and the Interventional Cardiology Society. His primary interests lie in clinical and interventional cardiology and has published extensively in his area of expertise.
2. Dr. V. Ramnath Iyer M.D, DNB (Cardiology)
Dr. Ramnath Iyer has been associated with Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prasanthigram since 1993. He holds the distinction of being the institute’s first DNB student and on completion of his program chose to offer his time to further cardiology services and academics at the institute. He is equally at ease with non-interventional and interventional cardiology for congenital and adult cases and is recognised as a gifted teacher, carrying a treasury of experience in his fields of expertise.
3. Distinguished Visiting Faculty –
1. Dr. Alan H. Gradman, M.D is currently Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a world-renowned figure in the field of clinical cardiology. He received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Following his internship and residency at Barnes Hospital, he completed his postdoctoral fellowship in cardiology at Stanford University Medical School. After finishing his training he spent 13 years on the faculty at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Gradman has authored numerous publications dealing with various aspects of clinical cardiology and cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and is a manuscript reviewer for several major journals.
2. Dr. Brahma Sharma, M.D F.A.C.C - Dr. Sharma is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre since 1990. After completing his medical training at The University of Alabama, Dr. Sharma pursued his fellowship at The University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sharma is an active member of the Association of American Physicians from India (AAPI), and has served as AAPI convention chair for international association, secretary of AAPI charitable foundation and secretary of TRI state Physician association.
3. Dr. P Syamasundar Rao, M.D, is currently Professor and Division Director, Department of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Texas-Houston Medical School. With an illustrious career spanning close to 5 decades in clinical cardiology, innumerable international publications, monographs and book chapters to his credit he is a luminary in the field of pediatric intervention.
Patient Related Information
Instructions for registration of cardiac patients:
Like all patients, patients seeking to visit the Department of Cardiology of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, are first required to visit the Screening and Registration Block (SRB), located on the campus for registration.
Patients visiting the Department of Cardiology of SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram for the first time could be broadly divided into two categories:
- Patients visiting SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram without an appointment and,
- Patients visiting the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram with an appointment obtained during the earlier visit or through correspondence with the hospital through letter or email.
Patients coming to the hospital with a prior appointment are registered straight away at the SRB and then sent to the Cardiology Out Patient Department (OPD). A different procedure is followed for patients who seek to visit Department of Cardiology of the hospital, without an appointment.
- Patients visiting the hospital without an appointment should bring along their latest medical records when they visit the hospital.
- The doctor at the SRB would go through the medical records of the patient. If it is established that the patient has a cardiac ailment, then depending on the patients' condition, they are either given an appointment for the same day or asked to come at a later date. Some of the identified patients are also counselled.
- It is necessary that patients bring along their medical records, as it helps in better diagnosis of the patient. However, if patients have not undergone any check up anywhere else, then in such cases they are screened by the SRB doctor and depending on their current condition they are either given an appointment for a future visit or they are subjected to an ECG assessment before any further decision is taken.
- Patients who have already undergone Coronary Angiography at an outside facility and have come with a CD copy of the same, are registered in the SRB on the of their arrival and are sent to get the opinion of a senior cardiologist. In such cases, depending on the findings of the angiography, a further decision is taken.
- Patients referred from Sri Sathya Sai General Hospitals of Puttaparthi and Bengaluru, Eshwaramma Mother and Child Welfare Society and Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital are also given appropriate medical advice.
Important instructions to patients
- Patients are advised to come with their first degree relatives to facilitate in the process of treatment. For patients who are married, first degree relative would be his/her spouse, and children who have attained majority. Patient’s parents and brothers and sisters also fall under this category. In the case of a unmarried patient, his/her parents, brothers and sisters qualify as first degree relatives.
- Patients who are already evaluated outside and need to undergo definite surgery for Mitral Valve Replacement (MVR), Aortic Valve Replacement (AVR) or Tetrology of Fallot (TOF), Ventricular Septal Defect with Pulmonary Stnosis (VSD, PS) and Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) are requested to contact the following number before visiting the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram. : 287388, ext 1731, 1824 to get a adequate guidance from the department.
Instructions for Re-visit patients:
- Patients who have been asked to return to Department of Cardiology for a review are advised to contact the following number before visiting the hospital: 08555-287388 and ask the operator to connect you to the Cardiology department or the patient correspondence cell ext 1824.
- Patients seeking an appointment to visit the SSSIHMS, Prasanthigram, may mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the request letter and and scanned copies of the patient’s latest medical reports.
They can also send their request for appointment with photocopies of their medical reports to the following address:
Due to large number of patients visiting the hospital, the patients will be treated based on availability of appointment.
Patient Correspondence Cell,
Room no. 132,
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences,
Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. – 515134.
Dr. P.K. Dash: HoD, Senior Consultant
Dr. V.R. Iyer: Senior Consultant
Dr. Anand.L: Junior Consultant
Mr. Vaithilingam: Senior Manager