KOCHI: Post surgery or any treatment, what most cardiac patients seek is a circle of care. When they hardly get what they yearn for, it gradually pushes them to a state of depression. To overcome this hurdle, the Heart Care Foundation has embarked on a plan to start a ‘Heart Village’ here which will be the first-of-its-kind venture in the state.
This will be a venue that assumes a more prominent role where cardiac patients from different parts of the state could come and clarify their doubts which most of the time prevent them from leading a normal life. “Patients will be closely monitored and will be provided assistance by doctors and nurses. Its sole aim will be to improve the psychological well-being without the risk of complications and focus on educating the common man on cardiac ailments, data collection, research and most importantly rehabilitation,” said Dr Jose Chacko Periappuram, chairman, Heart Care Foundation and the first surgeon to perform a heart transplant in the state.
“Every year, there are several cardiac patients who are discharged from hospitals after undergoing angioplasty, bypass surgery and treatments for other cardiac ailments. These treatments bring about a sea change in their life styles by imposing certain restrictions on them. Result? Quite often, they face a volley of doubts as what should be the diet plan post cardiac surgery, the ideal cholesterol ratio or the daily routine to be followed. Unfortunately, once they get discharged from the hospitals, they do not mostly get their doubts clarified and gradually end up in a state of depression which could have serious ramifications. Hence to quicken the rehabilitation of cardiac patients and improve their functional ability, the Heart Care foundation is setting up a ‘Heart Village’ in Kochi,” he said.
This is perhaps, the first such entity in the country which will not be attached to a hospital, he said. “It will stand alone, just like cardiac rehabilitation centres in UK and will resemble a ‘club’ with accommodation facilities,” he said.
The surgeon pointed out that there might be a few doubts raised by some that could even be answered by a fellow patient. It is this interaction we are planning to bring about, he said. Dr Periyappuram pointed out that post surgery, many patients do not get sufficient care and support from their family members. They do not know how to handle a cardiac patient and the failure in doing so has an adverse effect on the patient’s health that might lead to serious complications, he added.
E P George, trustee, Heart Care Foundation said that they are in search of like minded people who could sponsor them land. “Some proposals are in hand. But we will need the government’s co-operation for many things such as land conversion,” he said.