Heart Champs Workshop in Chennai colleges a huge success

In view of World Heart Day on 29th September, Cardiac Wellness Institute conducted the Heart Champs Workshop at MOP Vaishnav College on 13th September 2019 and at SDNB Vaishnav College on 18th September 2019.

Our Clinical Director Dr Priya Chockalingam addressed the gathering on “Lifestyle Risk Factors for heart diseases” and facilitated the session on mind-body relaxation techniques. The Physiotherapist addressed the importance of exercise training and also had exercise sessions exclusively for the younger population. Our Dietician stressed on the importance of a balanced diet, healthy eating plate and how unhealthy diet can lead to cardiovascular disease.

The Heart Champs workshop was held on 27th and 28th September 2019 at our institute in Besant Nagar, Chennai.

 

Participants learnt about the normal functioning of the heart and the risk factors for heart disease; did the exercises in the correct and safe manner as taught by the physiotherapist; received education about a balanced heart-friendly diet from the nutritionist and practised some relaxation techniques to manage their mental stress better.

 

2nd National Conference on Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation conducted for healthcare professionals

The 2nd National Conference on Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation conducted by Cardiac Wellness Institute on 13 & 14 July 2019 was a grand success. The pre-conference workshop held on 13 July 2019 and the conference on 14 July 2019 were well attended by delegates from all over India.

Faculty members and Facilitators hailed from various Medical Colleges, Hospitals and Universities across India and USA and shared their knowledge and experience with the young and dynamic participants. There were more than 100 delegates from various departments like Medicine, Cardiology, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Social Work, Cardiac Technology and Nutrition & Dietetics.

The feedback from the delegates was uniformly good and the interactions among the faculty and the participants was of a high caliber. The take home message of the 2-day event was that cardiopulmonary rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary service that if provided in a scientific manner has tremendous benefits for those individuals affected by heart and lung diseases as well as their family members. It is important for doctors and allied health professionals to refer patients for these services in order to prevent future complications and aid in disease reversal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series of workshops on Mind-Heart Connection at our Institute

Cardiac Wellness Institute organised a series of half-day workshops with an aim to improve heart health and holistic wellbeing through a combination of group counselling, regulated breathing techniques and yoga. Dr. Priya Chockalingam (Cardiac Wellness Physician), Mrs. Mathangi Ramprasad (Counselling Psychologist) and Mrs. A. Sucharita (Certified Yoga Instructor)  facilitated the workshops. The first session was held on 1st December 2018 and 3 more sessions were held in the first half of 2019.

 

Walk Chennai Walk 2018 a big hit

Cardiac Wellness Institute hosted the 2nd edition of Walk Chennai Walk on 29th September 2018 to mark World Heart Day. The walkathon was held from from 6.00 am to 7.30 am at Elliot’s Beach, Besant Nagar, Chennai.

This was an initiative to raise awareness about heart health and to involve the whole family in an active lifestyle. Around 400 people of various age groups participated in the walkathon and walked 2, 4 or 6 kms. The event featured in The Hindu Downtown and The Adyar Times newspapers.

 

Cardiac Wellness Institute provides hands-on training for healthcare professionals

There is both a growing demand for comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation facilities in India and a severe paucity of healthcare professionals trained in this field of medicine.

Cardiac Wellness Institute, the pioneer in preventive cardiology in South India, offers hands-on training programs for Doctors, Physiotherapists and other allied healthcare professionals. The aim of the program is to impart theoretical knowledge and practical skills pertaining to health education, dietary and psychosocial counselling and exercise prescription for patients with cardiovascular diseases like myocardial infarction, heart failure, angioplasty, coronary bypass surgery, adult congenital heart disease and valve surgeries etc.

The duration of the training program is 1 week; a certificate will be provided upon successful completion of the program. Interested applicants may contact the Cardiac Wellness Institute team by phone or email.

Dr. Priya gives Invited Faculty Talk at JIPMER

The accurate diagnosis and adequate management of inherited cardiac conditions or cardiogenetic diseases is gaining importance in India. These are rare but lethal diseases that can cause sudden cardiac arrest and death in the young and healthy individuals. Early identification and medical, surgical or device treatment is known to prevent death in the majority of affected persons.

Dr. Priya Chockalingam was glad to share the latest developments and her clinical experience in this rapidly evolving field of genetics and genomics in Cardiology with the faculty and students at JIPMER in Pondicherry on 4 May 2018.

 

World Health Day Medical Camp April 2018

This World Health Day (7th April) Cardiac Wellness Institute has moved one step closer to its “Health for All” mission by conducting a Medical Camp from 5th-8th April 2018 (7 to 9 am) at the Elliot’s Beach in Besant Nagar, Chennai.

The parameters tested were:

  • Height, Weight
  • Body Mass Index
  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • Hemoglobin

Each participant sponsored the tests for an under-privileged person from of the Urur Olcott Kuppam in the vicinity of the beach.

The camp participants had an opportunity to meet the Doctor, Physiotherapist and Dietician at Cardiac Wellness Institute to learn about how to modify their lifestyle for a healthy life ahead.

The Healthy Ageing Program: To make our seniors fitter and healthier

As part of our heart-health awareness campaign, Cardiac Wellness Institute is launching a program for senior citizens (men and women 60 years of age and older) to enlighten and equip them with skills for being fit and healthyThe Healthy Ageing Program commenced with a free introductory session on 25 January 2018. Several seniors attended the session and interacted fruitfully.  The weekly exercise and education classes will begin on 9 February 2018. The components included in the program are Doctor Consultation, Supervised Exercise, Nutrition Advice, Group Education and Counselling.

Please call +9144 43192828 or +91 9940408828 or send an email to info@cardiacwellnessinstitute.com for further details and registration in the program. Thanks to television media for carrying the news clip!

Health awareness workshops conducted for Faculty of academic institutions

The healthcare team of Cardiac Wellness Institute conducted health awareness workshops for the Faculty of Loyola College, Chennai and Holy Cross College, Trichy on 12 and 13 of December 2017 respectively. The workshops lasted for 2.5 hours each and focused on various aspects of prevention and rehabilitation of cardiac and other chronic ailments through healthy lifestyle choices.

The feedback on the workshops was excellent and the Faculty were keen on more health related programs of this nature.

The 1st National Conference on Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation a big hit

The need for an interdisciplinary approach for the prevention of heart and lung diseases was the theme of the 2 day conference

In the wake of the World Heart Day which falls on 29 September, the 1st National Conference on Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation was held at the Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University on 23 & 24 September 2017. Cardiac Wellness Institute and the MGR Medical University jointly conducted the conference. The aim was to make healthcare professionals aware about the latest scientific developments in the field of prevention and rehabilitation of heart and lung disorders, which are the biggest threats to India and other developing countries today. The message that teamwork and collaboration amongst the different healthcare disciplines is very important in providing comprehensive services to the patients was the key message of the Conference.

The fact that regular exercise, a balanced healthy diet, mental wellbeing and avoiding tobacco and alcohol are the key lifestyle factors in the prevention of premature death was stressed by Prof. Dr. V. Chockalingam, Emeritus Professor of Cardiology and the Scientific Chairman of the Conference. “The need for widespread implementation of personalized cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs for individuals with heart and lung diseases is the need of the hour to reduce complications and improve quality of life” said Prof. Dr. S. Shanmugasundaram, a leading Cardiologist in Chennai. Mrs. Saras Bhaskar, counseling psychologist and founding member of Chennai Counselor’s Foundation, outlined the importance of addressing the psychosocial issues like stress, anxiety and depression while treating patients with heart problems.

Other notable Faculty were Dr. Madan Mohan, Dr. T. R. Muralidharan, Dr. R. Anantharaman, Dr. A. Ajeet  and Dr. Cecily Mary Majella (Cardiologists), Dr. R. Mohan (Cardiothoracic Surgeon), Dr. Kannan Pugazhendi (Sports Physician), Dr. I. Ramya (Internal Medicine), Dr. Bhuvaneshwari, Dr. Meenakshi Bajaj and Dr. Vinitha Krishnan (Dieticians), Dr. Vijayasaratha and Dr. Raja Amarnath (Pulmonologists) and Dr. Mathangi Ramprasad, Dr. Keerthi Pai and Dr. E. Vidhubala (Psychologists). Dr. Anand Chockalingam (Cardiologist, USA) and Dr. Aashish Contractor (Cardiac Rehab, Mumbai) shared their ideas via video presentation.

The delegates hailed from various fields including Medicine, Physiotherapy, Nutrition & Dietetics, Psychology and Nursing. There was a Poster session, a Quiz competition and a few workshops to provide hands-on training to the participants on the methodology of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

Dr. Priya Chockalingam, the Organizing Secretary of the Conference and the Clinical Director of Cardiac Wellness Institute, was happy to see the enthusiasm and the thirst for knowledge. She highlighted in her talk that educating and counseling the patients and their family members about the disease will go a long way in helping them make appropriate lifestyle changes.