The aorta is the biggest blood vessel in the body and it carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. A number of diseases can affect the aorta leading on to Aneurysm formation (enlargement of the aorta), Dissection (tear in the wall of the aorta) and stenosis (narrowing of the aorta). These are potentially life threatening conditions necessitating early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
The common diseases that can affect the aorta include hypertension and atherosclerosis leading on to the above mentioned disorders. But a number of genetic and connective tissue disorders can also affect the aorta like Marfan Syndrome, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Loeys Dietz Syndrome among others. Connective tissue disorders affect multiple structures in the body like heart valves, blood vessels, eyes, bones and nervous system.
Thus providing a comprehensive care to these patients requires involvement of doctors across multiple specialities to provide care and long term follow up. Keeping this in mind, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences has started a dedicated Centre for Aortic Diseases and Marfan Syndrome. The aim of the centre is to provide a patient centric approach involving doctors from various departments with a special interest in diseases of the aorta to give patients the best possible care of their disease.
The Centre for Aortic Diseases and Marfan Syndrome at Amrita would become a referral centre for comprehensive treatment of diseases involving the aorta which include the entire spectrum of surgical interventions, key hole endovascular treatment, hybrid procedures, and percutaneous aortic valve replacement (TAVI).
The adult cardiology faculties with expertise in advanced cardiac imaging, catheterization and endovascular therapy support the program with diagnosis, hemodynamic decision making, endovascular therapies and trans aortic valve replacement (TAVI).
Dr. M. Vijayakumar
Dr. Rajiv C
Dr. Navin Mathew
Dr. Hisham Ahmed
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
The Cardiovascular and Thoracic surgical team has years of experience in cardiovascular surgical procedures and have additional experience in tackling diseases of the aorta. Procedures done here include Aortic valve repairs and replacement, Aortic root replacement (Bentall procedure), Valve sparing aortic root replacement (David Procedure), Open, hybrid and endovascular (key hole) repairs of the aortic arch, thoracic and thoraco abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Dr. Praveen Varma
Dr. Kirun Gopal
Dr. Murukan P
Dr. Rajesh Jose
Dr. Nikhil P. Kottayil
Genetics and Molecular Biology
The genetic and molecular biology specialists in congenital heart diseases support the program with genetic workup in Marfan syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and familial aortic aneurysm.
Dr. Sheela Namboothiri
Dr. Lalitha Biswas
Ocular involvement in familial aortic syndromes like lens displacement, retinal detachment and severe myopia often needs highly skilled corrective procedures. We have highly motivated anterior and retinal specialists to manage the ocular problems in multisystem involvement.
Dr. Gopal S. Pillai
Dr. Anil Radhakrishnan
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The quality of life is definitely going to improve with timely interventional treatment for the aortic diseases and often we need to address challenges of pregnancy and child birth in this group of patients. The specialist in antenatal care along with fetal medicine will take the responsibility of monitoring of pregnancy and child birth.
Dr. Chitra R.
The paediatric cardiology faculties with large experience in cardiac interventional procedures and fetal echocardiography along with the cardiac surgical team for children will lead the diagnosis, evaluation, intervention and corrective surgeries.
Dr. R. Krishna Kumar
Dr. Mahesh K.
Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
The team of surgeons with last 18 years of experiences in operating on children’s hearts will manage the surgeries in children with aortic diseases.
Dr. G. S. Sunil
Dr. Brijesh P. K.
Radiological investigations are one of the most important steps in the evaluation and management of aortic diseases. We have state-of-the-art infrastructure for imaging like 264 slice CT, 3.5 tesla MRI scanner and catheterization facility. Diagnostic tests, interpretation and scientific input for the proper planning of the interventional procedures will be the role of radiologist in this program.
Dr. Rajesh Kannan