Staff Correspondent

BELLARY: Coronary angiography was performed on Saturday — the inaugural day of the cath lab of the BKS Premratan Cardiac Centre, a unit of the BKS Hospital in the city.

A first

The procedure — a first in the city — was performed by interventional cardiologists in two different styles on patients who had recently suffered a heart attack.

Giving details, physician B.K. Sundar told The Hindu that the first procedure was carried out by cardiologist Rajendra K. Jain from Hyderabad through the “radial artery approach” (from right hand) that is convenient for patients who can walk into the cath lab for the procedure and then walk out.

The second procedure, the conventional and time-tested femoral artery approach was carried out by Bangalore-based cardiologist Ramamurthy Bingi.

Dr. Sundar said in addition to facilities for diagnostic procedures, the centre was equipped to provide facilities such as stenting, balloon valvuloplasties and device closures for “holes in the heart”. The centre is also planning to provide cardiac surgery facilities soon.

Health Minister B. Sriramulu and Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy inaugurated the cath lab.