India starts TAVI Programme (transcatheter aortic valve implantation)

9:13 am Health Care

India was ultimately granted permission to start the TAVI program informed CSI president Dr Ashok Seth during India Live 2012. He said that Escorts Heart Institute has done three successful cases this week.

India is the last country to have been granted permission by its government. Commenting on this Dr Kirti Punamiya said that it was unfortunate that India was denied permission for this for so long as India will miss the opportunity to compete with the World in expertise with this procedure as the learning period in this technology is long.

Dr Seth also said that permission given by the government is conditional and from case to case on compassion basis.

Dr Kirti said because of this delay the center of excellence in India on TAVI may never come.

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