Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Governor A.R. Kidwai will inaugurate the three-day tenth annual conference of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anaesthesiologists here this Friday.

The conference will highlight current concepts and advances in the field of cardiac anaesthesia, according to the Organising Chairperson, Prof. Jyotsna Wig.

Nearly 30 faculty members from overseas are expected to participate. Guest lectures will be delivered by international and national experts. Prof. Wig said more than 40,000 major operations are conducted under anaesthesia at PGIMER here every year. Of these, about 1,000 patients (including about 100 children) undergo heart surgery, while another 5,000 undergoing other surgeries have major heart diseases. And the number of heart surgeries is expected to double in the coming years.

The conference will be preceded by a workshop on Transesophageal Echocardiography. According to Prof. Wig, it is for the first time that a formal TEE course is being held for anaesthesiologists. TEE helps in diagnosis of heart lesions, guides surgeon during surgery and also helps in assessing the accuracy and quality of repair. It can detect additional abnormalities such as holes connecting the right and left sides of the heart, narrowed or leaking heart valves. It can also detect and measure damage to the heart, and quality of repair after bypass surgery.