Date: 14th September, 2016, Kolkata

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, the pioneer of modern, cutting-edge healthcare in Eastern India, is happy to announce that it has been named as an International Centre of Excellence by the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The recognition, a first for an Indian healthcare facility, acknowledges the highest standards of medical practice and continuing dedication to the provision of quality cardiovascular care by the Cardiology team at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals.

Heart disease has been recognized as the world's number one killer, and spares no race, age or sex. The ACC International Centers of Excellence are known for driving transformations in the care for and improvement of cardiac health by increasing awareness and promote the prevention of heart disease in ways that have a significant impact on overall patient health and wellbeing. They lead the provision of quality care and engage in vital research that helps ensure a healthy heart.

As an ACC International Center of Excellence, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals will continue to participate in the ACC's registry programs and will get access to ACC meetings and educational resources to support its commitment to providing superior cardiovascular care.

Dr Richard Chazal, President, ACC, observed, "International Centres of Excellence are committed to the improvement of heart health in their communities and seek ways to improve the care they provide. Participation in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry makes them part of a network of providers that share best practices to improve cardiovascular care. Together members of the global cardiovascular community can work most effectively to prevent and treat heart disease."

Prof. (Dr) Rabin Chakraborty, Regional Director and Head, Apollo Gleneagles Heart Institutes, Kolkata, noted, "Our cardiology team, led by senior consultants, is well equipped to handle all heart-related emergencies round the clock. With three world-class cardiac catheterization labs, advanced electrophysiology and ICD-implantation capabilities, and state-of-the-art technologies like OCT and IVUS, the team delivers a care regimen that is comparable with some of the best facilities around the world."

Dr Sushan Mukhopadhyay, Director and Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, said, "Our competence in heart care is without parallel in entire Eastern India. We undertake complex operations regularly, and have helped thousands of patients overcome complicated heart conditions requiring surgical correction. The adoption of minimally invasive procedures has also allowed us to deliver faster recovery periods along with better outcomes - the twin goals of effective cardiac care."

The hospital also announced the launch of a month-long initiative, "Light Your Heart, Empower Your Life", on the occasion of World Heart Day, 2016. As a part of the effort, they would be partnering with leading NGOs in offering free heart check-ups, besides dedicating a day to the residents of old age homes for a special screening of 'Benche Thakar Gaan', the newest film by the renowned director Sudeshna Roy.

Shrimati Roy, veteran artiste Paran Bandopadhyay, actors Tota Roy Chowdhury and Gargi Roychowdhury, and other members of the team 'Benche Thakar Gaan' were also present on the occasion.

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