I had started my cardiac rehab program at Cardiac Wellness Institute in November 2019, 2 months after my by-pass surgery. I have had a few days of intensive in-person sessions when I flew down to Chennai in November 2019 and February 2020. The rehab program has been predominantly home-based with weekly interactions with the rehab team as I am based out of Germany, but an expat living in North India.

I have full access to free German healthcare and was provided an in-house 6 weeks cardiac rehabilitation in world’s one of the best cardiac rehabilitation centre in Germany. But being ethnic Indian I opted for Cardiac Wellness Institute in India as it's more customized and personalized. As a medical doctor I can well appreciate the innovative and holistic approach of Cardiac Wellness Institute, Chennai.

At the start of the lockdown I had an ongoing new project which needed a lot of proactive working. My Home-based cardiac rehabilitation program with weekly video and audio calls has been very helpful in maintaining the physical activity, mental wellbeing, diet modification and of course a very motivated and professional team of Cardiac Wellness Institute staff helps to keep me in my health-focused schedule.

Dr. A, 49 yrs

I have joined Cardiac Wellness Institute in 2015 under the influence of Dr. V. Chockalingam. I have practiced the teachings on physical exercise, diet pattern and on health care, especially on heart, sugar, ortho care also from your institute. In spite of angioplasty, heart care is well maintained because of your institutional teachings. There is no health problem so far, other than mild asthma. The credit goes to Dr. Priya in arranging specialist on different area disciplines to enrich knowledge on social, behaviour, lifestyle and psychological field. Soft approach of Dr. Priya attracts more and more participants, which is a sign of growth of the institution. I am very much thankful to this institute & I will continue forever.

Mr. Ravi, 76 yrs

Recently went to Cardiac Wellness Institute at Besant Nagar, Chennai. I have a condition known as Right Bundle Block. I was treated very well by Dr. Priya and her team. As my medical records were a few years old she advised me to take some tests including echocardiogram which I got done. After examining the test results she advised some exercise and diet. Dietitian and physiotherapist are in house. The entire team is thoroughly professional and interacting with them has been very reassuring and rewarding. Dr. Priya advised me to take a six week wellness program at the clinic. It was a good program. I'm glad I took it. The infrastructure of this clinic was very good as the rooms were neat and clean. All the necessary facilities were available at the clinic. I would certainly recommend this clinic to anyone with a heart condition.

Mr. Kadirvelan, 77 yrs

The rehab team is very helpful and their reassuring attitude made a huge impact. Looks like Dr. Priya has set a great example for them to follow. Throughout my rehab program, I have been seen online by caring and knowledgeable professionals. Overall fantastic service provided by all.

Mr. Arvind, 44 yrs

I think the program was excellent - very well done and organized! I benefitted a lot from it.

Mr. Ram, 50 yrs

The programme is very useful to me and my health is improving very much. I received excellent support from the rehab team.

Mr. Vijayakumar, 65 yrs

The rehab program was designed around the client. Initially I was skeptical about joining the program as I thought I can get the information from internet as there are many programs available, which also made me confused and worried. Then I took the leap of joining the program, I really thank myself for taking that decision as the team (Cardiac wellness Physician, Physiotherapist, and Dietician) were very courteous and always available to clarify the doubts and adjust the program based on the need. I brought my sugar level (HbA1c) from 7.8 to 5.5 in 3 months and also got a lot of strength through exercise. Also now I am aware of how to take care of my heart mentally, physically and emotionally. If you are looking for Cardiac rehabilitation, then your go to place is Cardiac Wellness Institute. You can thank me later for that.

Mr. Anbu, 40 yrs

The rehab program has entirety changed my lifestyle and helped me to accommodate more health conscious activities. Excellent team work and I really benefited from this program.

Mr. Nandagopal, 40 yrs

By working with the rehab team, I gained confidence and feel that I am fully supported and followed step by step. According to me 100 percent the team gives valuable information, regular follow up, and I feel completely stress free and I can openly claim with-in 2 weeks  of getting into the rehab program, I regained confidence and was comfortable.

Mr. Selvam, 45 yrs

I loved the way the sessions were conducted by Mr. Vaishnav (Physiotherapist) & Ms. Tharani (Dietician). The expert sessions by Dr. Priya were excellent.

Mr. Sekar, 69 yrs

I am very happy to acquaint with Cardiac Wellness Institute. The team is very warm and flexible. Special mention about Mr. Vaishnav (Physiotherapist) he is very humble and organised. Great team to work with. I take this opportunity to thank Dr. Priya for being supportive and customising as per my request.

Mrs. Devi, 45 yrs

Very useful and I noticed good health improvement. The Institute has very good programmes which are practical and useful.

Mr. Koteeswaran, 82 yrs

It’s an excellent idea and I would like to write and take this more to common public. In other words cardiac care has to be made known to common public.

Mr. Selva, 40 yrs

The personal touch and assistance when required keeps the confidence level high. Reinforcing self belief and clearing doubts when it arises gives the much needed peace of mind to a patient. This lays the foundation of managing a difficult situation (heart condition) and paves the way for a positive attitude and a feeling of wellbeing.

Mr. Sundar, 62 yrs

The cardiac rehab program was excellent. A special note to mention about Mr. Vaishnav (Physiotherapist), he has been a tremendous support in my physical activity recovery after my angioplasty.

Mr. Raghu, 51 yrs

Education sessions, physio educational program and exercise sessions and dietitian sessions are excellent. It was a very useful program. I really enjoyed and healthwise improved a lot.

Mr. Thirumalai, 53 yrs

This program developed a routine of balancing diet & exercise. The advised diet and exercise are also simple and effective. Adhering to this regularly really made me feel healthy and stress free and my anxiety level reduced. Overall the program created awareness on better way of living.

Mrs. Nirmala, 56 yrs

The overall experience has been good with a close follow-up and feedbacks from doctor and the team. Thanks for the support and prompt response for any doubt during this pandemic times.

Mr. Dinesh, 48 yrs

As far as I have heard this is a new kind program for cardiac health. Keep up the good service. My wife and I have started a regular routine of exercise and as a result we are feeling brisk.

Mr. Jegarajan, 68 years

The institution holds some of the best staffs in the city for balancing the physiological and nutritional ailments of its patients. There is enough infrastructure and equipments for performing various drills to improve heart functioning. Most cardinal part is the ethical practices embraced by the Doctor as well as the staffs in the institution. 

Mr. Pandian, 58 years

We found the cardiac rehab program addressing the following areas:

1. Inputs about Heart and the necessary steps to improve the condition. 2. Structured approach to toning of the body and the various exercises. 3. Importance of various medications and their impact. 4. Understanding a healthy diet and balancing various food items. 5. Understanding emotional aspect that could impact wellbeing especially due to heart problems.

Overall our experience has been very satisfying.

Mr. J.S. Prasad, 60 years

Cardiac Wellness centre,  is an ideal place for anyone who needs necessary guidance after a heart surgery. I like this place because it aims at taking complete care of your body as a whole, which in-turn is essential for the true wellness in our daily life. 

The place is clean and spacious. The whole team is committed and shows complete professionalism in the way they approach their patients. They closely monitor our well-being by guiding us on our diet, exercise and regular check up by a cardiologist. A real boon for senior citizens and I am sure it will be even for the young generation who are eager to work on their stress!!

Mrs. Vanaja Srinivasan, 70 years

Cardiac Wellness Institute was suggested by my granddaughter after seeing their team during their workshop. They stay by their name and they have been really doing well. The cardiac physician was so helpful in diagnosing my condition and made a good rehab program for me. The Physiotherapists nature of teaching me exercise that is easy and simple. He insisted on identifying the things that I can do and not, and accordingly the exercise program was modified for me.

Initially I wasn't doing so well but slowly I gained my confidence and also able to see improvement in me that have helped me come this far and still wanting to go further. Their support and approach to move towards positivity is really making me thrive to do something.

The dietician guidance towards consumption of healthy foods and appropriate food intake at the right time helped me to modify within my limits and also their advices aren't strict but flexible according to my age and conditions that helped me to cope up.

I entered this place with people support and walker and now am walking independently without any aid. My interaction with the team helped me on further continuing my rehab program as home based to avoid worsening of my condition.

Also I would like to add 1 more point regarding the cleanliness and hygiene of the place, with less crowd and more space for the clients to work on.

Mr. Srinivasan, 79 years

Madam, I joined for a 6 week course in your rehab centre. I am satisfied fully and excellent improvement I felt.

Mr. Amir Jowher, 71 years

For my father, a heart patient with EF 35%, I approached Cardiac Wellness Institute, Besant Nagar, Chennai. Excellent services are provided in this centre including medical consultation, physiotherapy, Diet consultation, psychological and other informative sessions etc. Above that personal attention is given to the patient. My father's stamina and energy level have increased. Their concept to deal heart patients with diet and exercise is really amazing. I would like to thank entire team of this Institute for their excellent services.

Mrs. Renu Agarwal D/o Mr. Pooran Chandra Agarwal, 66 years

Dear Madam,
Before I came to Cardiac Wellness Institute, I was mentally depressed and had some pain in the chest region and was worried that it was due to a heart attack. I was in a state of confusion. After consulting you, your guidance through exercise session, dietary counseling, stress management training and health education classes, I felt a difference. My chest pain has decreased and I am feeling well and active. I am able to take care of my heart health better daily. I thank you and your team.

Mr. Pandurangan, 48 years

It is a clean, neat place. The assistance was helpful to the maximum. Well equipped clinic and I noticed improvement in health and general wellbeing. I strongly recommend treatment at this clinic.

Mr. K. Sivaraman, 83 years

We (I & my wife) attended the Cardiac Wellness Institute rehabilitation programme in March 2019. The rehab program (Exercise & Diet Information) were informative and was really useful. We hope that we will carry out the exercises on our own in the forthcoming months without any problem.

Mr. R. Rajarathanam, 68 years

I myself am 75 years old and a Pediatrician for over 50 years. I served as a faculty in The Institute of Child health & Hospital for over 3 decades at Madras Medical College. About 3 months ago I was treated for mutiple blocks in coronary vessels by Dr. Sengottuvelu, interventional cardiologist Par Exellence at Apollo. Following this I am attending cardiac rehab program at Cardiac Wellness Institute now. The  Young, Effecient, Empathetic, Noble, Humane, non materialistic, and innovative Dr. Priya (MRCPCH, Phd in cardiology) is the Director of this centre.

I personally feel that I am one of the most fortunate attendees as an excellent, effecient, empathetic, unassuming and effective team with nobility is taking care of me. I have all praise and pride for the young Dr.PRIYA as I was her Pediatrician till adolescence & teacher in MMC, Chennai, TN.  I'm nowfully fit and serving pediatric population full-time. GRATEFUL THANKS with my sincere acknowledgements & Blessings, l remain,Dr. S.Gopaul.

Dr. Gopaul, 75 years

I am a perfectly healthy 40 year old, or at least I though so about myself. Until, one evening when I was just stepping out to smoke, a phone call came. It was some stressful news related to work, nothing extraordinary but it set my heart beating fast. However it was unusual. It kept becoming worse and in the next 5 minutes I knew something was wrong. I WAS HAVING A HEART ATTACK. I told my wife and 9 year old daughter to lock the house and come with me. I drove to a nearby nursing home where first aid was given to me and the I was rushed to a bigger hospital where I was directly taken to the ICU and angioplasty performed.

All of this felt like a bad dream and happened so quickly, I was in a state of shock. I was relieved from the hospital in 2 days as everything else was ok but I was extremely puzzled. I did not know who to talk to. I needed professional help. My surgeon is great but he doesn't have time for my questions, he has lives to save! I searched on the internet and found Cardiac Wellness Institute! I called them. I think it was the best decision I made to enrol with them. Dr.Priya and team were so warm and professional. Took all my questions, patiently answered them all. It has been 5 months since the episode and now I am back to leading a normal life. In fact I would say my life is better than it was. I value my life more than I used to. I quit smoking and try to live a healthy lifestyle. Dr.Priya has become like a family member and I feel I have someone that I can talk my heart out to :)

All this was done over phone calls and Skype calls. They guided me on diet, exercise, medication and were always there. I cannot thank them enough for what they have done for me!

Thank You Dr.Priya and team!

Mr. Em, 40 years

Had my bypass surgery and found this center for wellness and got to meet them and enrolled myself for healthy life. Have finished my first schedule and continuing for sure in coming years. Great experience and kudos to Dr. Priya Chockalingam for having initiated this center. it is a must for every person to join this center for excellence who would like to have healthy life before anything hits them. Services are very personal and especially thanks to Dhanalakshmi and Janetha who takes cares of every one under the professional guidance of Dr. Priya. My best wishes and sure they will have more number of centers in coming years.

Mr. Subbu, 59 years

For routine BP check up I approached this centre. After meeting Dr.Priya I came to know that this centre is for restoration of normal life to heart patients under treatment or post treatment. However I also joined the course meant for them with the idea of prevention of heart disease and healthy maintenance of heart and body. The classes are very much useful especially in improving peaceful and healthy life style. The specific beneficial exercises are target oriented and I could realise the benefits. My weight got reduced in a phased manner. My body is flexible to do the exercises including breathing exercise.

Mr. Manoharan, 59 years

The program is very effective and useful. Exercise benefits to overcome breathlessness for me.

Mrs. Nagamani, 55 years

I am a cardiac patient and I was looking for an Institute for rehabilitation program and this Institute was recommended. I am happy I joined the Institute and I have been taken care of with proper exercise, Diet. etc.

Mr. Venkatachalam, 78 years

Providing Customized rehab plan with efficient and helpful staff. Expert lectures are provided on cardiac and stress management matters.

Mr. Manickam, 65 years

Doctor, Physiotherapist, Nutrition Expert and Psychologist are good communicators and friendly. They listen to individual problems, especially seniors, and recommend suitable exercise schedule.

Mr. Namasivayam, 80 years

I joined the cardiac rehabilitation program at Cardiac Wellness Institute after undergoing Angioplasty in March this year. This program was very helpful to improve my health. Dr.Priya took special efforts to address my questions and concerns. I was given dietary advice and exercise by the team which was very helpful. The Cardiac Wellness Institute team works closely with patients to alleviate their anxiety and clear their doubts.I got good medical advice and excellent care from Dr.Priya Chockalingam & Team, thanks a lot.

Mr. Nagendra Bharathi, 62 years

I underwent a prevention program which was both useful and interesting. I have learnt a lot about diet and other lifestyle changes. Though I was walking and practising yoga earlier, I was guided to do these exercises in the correct method and regularly. The motivation of the Cardiac Wellness Institute team helped me set a routine for exercising which in turn gave me relief from low back pain. The sessions are conducted & monitored by experts. Thanks to doctor and her team!

Mrs. Usha Bharathi, 58 years

I have undergone stent procedure a few years ago and recently needed a bypass surgery but I am happy to get back to a healthy life after the surgery. A big thanks to the cardiac rehab program provided by Cardiac Wellness Institute for helping me achieve this. In fact when my Cardiologist at Fortis Malar Hospital referred me for the program I was uncertain of how It will benefit me but right from day 1 of the rehab program I became confident that my risk factors can be better controlled. I had a few complications after surgery but the close contact with the rehab team made it easy to get over it. I enjoyed the education and counseling sessions and started exercising as per the advice of the rehab team. My food habits have also changed for the better.

Mrs. Das, 53 years

When I suffered a heart attack and had stent placement, my friend suggested that I meet Dr. Priya Chockalingam. I was evaluated thoroughly by the doctor and her team and taken up for a home-based cardiac rehabilitation as I live and work in Hyderabad. The team at Cardiac Wellness Institute gave me clear instructions and closely followed my progress by phone/email/whatsapp. I visited the rehab centre in Chennai once in 6 weeks and completed the rehab program. I have enrolled in a maintenance program at Cardiac Wellness Institute to make sure I adhere to the healthy lifestyle for a long time.

Mr. Deva, 45 years

Thank you very much for all your kind helps at Cardiac Wellness Institute.  I also appreciate the atmosphere unlike other hospitals which I feel are quite depressing. This program given me new lifestyle and outlook. Dr.Priya Chokalingam’s approach is holistic with medication, life style changes and diet modifications which helped me recover after surgery.

Mrs. Anu, 70 years

I am a retired professional. I had a problem of breathlessness, low ejection fraction, high blood pressure, obesity and undergone angioplasty for double vessel disease. I got referred to Cardiac wellness institute for the rehabilitation programme. After the 12 week program i achieved tremendous results. Now I walk everyday without any difficulties. Now my ejection fraction has improved. Thanks to Cardiac Wellness Institute, I am living a confident and normal life.

Mr. Venkat, 77 years

The Cardiac wellness team helped me in many ways to make my life healthier.  The dietary modification given by the dietician had made me to follow the proper balanced diet. Even I had started encouraging my family members to start eating healthy after knowing the importance of healthy eating. I have learnt many exercises before but the session with the physiotherapist here taught me the correct pattern of training which i am doing every day. The session with the psychologist made me to come out of my chronic stress. 

Mr. Mani , 74 years

நான் 1992 ல் இருந்து இதயம் பாதிக்கப்பட்டு 1994-ல் அறுவை சிகிச்சை செய்து கொண்டேன். இந்த ஆண்டு காலங்களில் பழைய நிலையை அடையாததால் தொடர்ந்து மருத்துவ சிகிச்சையில் இருக்கின்றேன். இந்த நேரத்தில் சென்னை MRC நகரில் அமைந்துள்ள கார்டியாக் வெல்னஸ் இன்ஸ்டிடியூட் -ல் பிப்ரவரி 2015 ல் இருந்து சிகிச்சையை டாக்டர் பிரியா சொக்கலிங்கம் அவர்களிடம் பெற்றுக்கொண்டு இருக்கிறேன். இந்த டாக்டரின் சிகிச்சையின் வழிமுறை மற்றும் அணுகுமுறை மிகவும் எனக்கு நம்பிக்கை, மகிழ்ச்சியும் அளித்து பயனுள்ளதாக இருந்தது. ஏனெனில் மருத்துவம் மட்டும் அல்லாமல் எண்ணங்கள், உடற்பயிற்சி, உணவு மற்றும் பழக்கவழக்கங்களை எப்படி கடை பிடிப்பது என்பதை விரிவான முறையிலும் கூறுவது மட்டும் அல்லாமல் அதற்கான பட்டியலை சிகிச்சை பெறுபவர்களிடமே தந்து அதில் ஒவ்வொரு விஷயமும் குறிப்பிடும்படி செய்யும் முறை மிகவும் பயனுள்ளதாக இருந்தது.

டாக்டர் பிரியா சொக்கலிங்கம் அவர்களின் மருத்துவ நடைமுறை மிகமிக மகிழ்ச்சியும், திருப்தியும் உள்ளது. மற்றும், அவர்களின் உதவியாளராக இருக்கும் உடற்பயிற்சியாளரும், உணவு குறித்து விளக்கும் அணுகுமறையும் மிகவும் நன்றாக இருந்தது என்பதை தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறேன்.

Cardiac rehab patient

We both are very grateful to the healthcare team at Cardiac Wellness Institute for not only making us understand the causative factors for my heart attack but also impressing upon us the need for staying fit, making healthy food choices and maintaining emotional balance. I had first enrolled myself in the 12-week 24-session cardiac rehabilitation program and found each and every session so useful that my wife who has recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure has also joined the lifestyle modification program.

Dr. Seenu, Pediatrician, 70 years

We both are very grateful to the healthcare team at Cardiac Wellness Institute for not only making us understand the causative factors for my heart attack but also impressing upon us the need for staying fit, making healthy food choices and maintaining emotional balance. I had first enrolled myself in the 12-week 24-session cardiac rehabilitation program and found each and every session so useful that my wife who has recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure has also joined the lifestyle modification program.

Mr. Swamy, 64 years & Mrs. Shantha, 56 years

I have a great sense of relief after I started attending the exercise sessions at Cardiac Wellness Institute. My chest pain has gradually diminished and I am surprised at how much extra work I am able to do comfortably. The team takes special care to ensure I am exercising at the appropriate level and helps me set reachable goals every week.

Mrs. Prema, 63 years

Stress is my major issue. In my business, there is not a single day without stress. With high blood pressure and long-standing diabetes, I have to take a handful of medications everyday. It is of great benefit for people like me to attend a program that not only helps to control these diseases but also shows how to handle stress better. The counseling and lifestyle programs offered by the team are a unique and valuable service for the high-aspiring folks with a hectic work life.

Mr. Mustafa, 50 years

Great work by Cardiac Wellness Institute! They conducted a workshop at our women’s club recently and gave excellent tips for heart-healthy living. Many of our members have high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and overweight problem. Now they understand how to manage these problems and plan to follow the lifestyle modification program at the Institute.

Mrs. Malini, 66 years

Cardiac Wellness Institute is a place where I feel at home. I am currently in a group of three women following the lifestyle modification program. The staffs know me personally and they even adapt the exercises to suit my arthritis. The time spent working out and discussing with the group is proving very useful. I try to follow their home plan closely and make a note of my goals for the week and how I plan to achieve them in my mini goal-setting booklet.

Mrs. Uma, 56 years

When my Cardiologist suggested that I attend a cardiac rehabilitation program, I was confused. After my bypass surgery, I have been taking my medicines regularly and following my doctor’s advice closely, so I was not quite sure why I should follow such a program. But I should admit that I have learnt many new things after joining the cardiac rehab program at Cardiac Wellness Institute. I am able to understand the importance of regular exercise, balanced diet and stress management about which they explain and also provide supervised training. At the same time I also get to interact with the other participants in my group who are going through similar experiences related to health and disease.

Mr. Sam, 74 years

I am extremely glad that I got referred to Cardiac Wellness Institute at the right time. I had been recently diagnosed with severe blockages in my three main coronary arteries during the annual health check up. I was quite upset and anxious about the bypass surgery advised by my Cardiologist. However, the team at Cardiac Wellness Institute has taken all the necessary steps to educate me about my medical condition, help me understand my risk factors, guide me in making appropriate lifestyle modifications and also to prepare me and my family on what to expect during surgery and in the cardiac rehabilitation phase. They have motivated me to quit smoking – a habit that has stayed with me since my college days, my sincere thanks to them!

Mr. Subramanian, 45 years

Dear Doctor,

 

When we entered 'Cardiac wellness institute' our morale was low. It was a kind of unknown fear about heart diseases that caused a great deal of anxiety. We had been informed as to what we were not supposed to eat and do, but we didn't know what we could. For me as a person handling someone who had had a heart attack, it was as if I had to think for him too, as if carrying two heads in a single body, what he should eat, what he should do… Life was difficult. Today while we are writing our feedback letter things have changed a lot. Thanks to you and your team, doctor. 

 

The sessions with the dietitian were too good. Surprisingly she gave allowances here and there in the diet chart that has helped us a lot. Now we have more fruits, vegetable and sprouts in our daily diet and we are able to have them without much fuss about it. We are able to choose our food. She has in her own beautiful way, told us, that our diet chart is actually that which we decide, that is good for us. Nothing was forced on us.

 

Physio session was truly an eye opener. When I saw my husband on the 'Treadmill ', I was little taken aback. I never knew he could do that! The physiotherapist was soft spoken and he made the sessions very useful with his encouragement. His scientific explanations to every activity done there was very useful. We are regular with our exercising at home.

Both these sessions had a specific target each time and it was well planned and achieved.

 

Sessions with Dr.Priya, we need not say, has changed our life for better. We are confident today because we could talkout all our anxiety regarding his illness. When she said diabetes and high BP need not be a lifelong partner, we can say only one thing – a big 'Thank you'.

 

Thanks for everything Doctor

Wife of cardiac rehab participant, 44 years

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