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Bending forward, operating under the wrist, eyes constantly gazing the screen, grilling the wire—performing transradial angioplasty calls for a finesse,” says Dr Sanjay Chugh, calling it an affordable and custom-made cardio treatment. But unfortunately, it is available to only two out of 100 patients in the country because of a skill gap, laments the legend, who led the way in bringing the procedure to the country. “In India, transradial primary angioplasty is being done for only two per cent patients with acute coronary syndrome—mild to major cardiac issues ranging from chest pain to cardiac arrest and heart attack,” says the doctor, who is Head of Department, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Jaipur National University Hospital and Medical College.

Dr Chugh is doing his bit by training the doctor fraternity through courses, live seminars, workshops and meetings, and making the life-saving procedure available to the masses. “At Bikaner Medical College, I trained the Cath Lab team, including the head of department, who is now the vice-chancellor of Rajasthan University for Health Sciences. At Durgapur Mission Hospital, I created a centre of excellence for radials and trained fresh cardiologists in three years and it is a rare place where all primary percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PCTA) is done radially,” he says......Read more


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