Laser Angioplasty introduced for the first time in Kerala during CHIP-2022 Summit

Posted on : Dec 02, 2022


An International Summit on Complex High Risk Indicated Procedures (CHIP), focussing on advanced coronary angioplasty techniques in very high-risk patient populations , was conducted at Hotel Marriott on the 26th and 27th of November, 2022. 

Delivering the Welcome address, the Organizing Chairman, Dr Anilkumar, Lead Consultant at Aster Medcity, Kochi, remarked that angioplasty has come a long way since the last two decades. The current advances seen in the field enable the application of these techniques to more and more sick patients, thereby enhancing the benefits. This conference was aimed at bringing the best of technology  and newer techniques to the attention of the cardiologists of our state and country, so that skillsets can be improved. Dr Raja Sekhar Varma, and Dr Deepak Davidson, Course Directors of the Summit, described the concept of CHIP in detail and how the meeting was structured to examine all aspects of CHIP with a focus on the applications of the latest advances in the field to enable better patient care. The two-day meeting was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of Industries, Sri P Rajeev. In his inaugural address, the minister stressed on the achievements of the state in the field of health and how it was necessary for the state to stay abreast of the latest advances. He also touched upon various new infrastructures available in the health industry. Dr Sandeep R, the organizing secretary, proposed the vote of thanks.

The Summit witnessed lectures by eminent cardiologists on topics like Left-Main angioplasty, strategies of intervention in chronic total occlusions, bifurcation angioplasty and the management of severe calcified lesions. There was an entire session devoted to Mechanical Circulatory Support including ECMO and Impella. Another important session looked at the application of LASER in this complex subset. Focussed talks were delivered by experts on the specialised hardware used for these difficult procedures. A live case transmission from Mount Sinai Hospital, New York exemplified the appropriate use of complex coronary angioplasty techniques in a sick patient. Live-in-a-box presentations and case presentations by experts on different complex procedures were also discussed in detail. Complications that could inevitably occur were discussed, as also, the manner in which they could be tackled effectively. The concluding session looked at enhancing safety in these procedures despite the high risk.

The faculty included world renowned figures from Japan, Australia, United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and different parts of India, involving all major centres of excellence with expertise in the field. There was enthusiastic participation from cardiologists all over the country, and abroad too. The participants had interactive discussions with the leading experts on all facets of CHIP. 
The Summit concluded with a resolution on a systematic and scientific approach to high-risk patients with appropriate use of the latest technology to enable a safe outcome.