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IACTS meet begins

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, FEB. 17. Veteran cardio-thoracic surgeon P.K.R. Warrier inaugurated the 51st annual conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS) here today.

Dr. Warrier, known as the Bhishmacharya of cardiac surgery, gave a graphic description of the tools and the procedures practised in olden times. Many surgeons would find it difficult to believe the procedures that were prevalent earlier in the cardiac surgery that was known as commisurotomy, he said.

Research in stem cell and gene therapy is likely to provide with better or permanent cure for heart diseases, making heart transplant just another solution for an incurable heart disease, said Balram Airan, president of the IACTS.

N. Prabhu Deva, Director, Jaya Deva Institute of Cardiology, Bangalore; K.S. Neelakantan, organising committee chairman, and Jose Chacko Periapuram, organising secretary, spoke on the occasion.

I.M. Breckerridge, Cardiff, U.K.; Ramakanth Panda, Asian Heart Hospital, Mumbai; David Luke, St. Vincent's University, Dublin; Kaushan Pandy, Nanavati Heart Institute, Mumbai; and T.M. Joseph and Saji Kuruttukulam, Medical Trust Hospital, were among those who made presentations.

The four-day meet will conclude on Sunday.

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