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Chandigarh: Trial begins at PGI, 100 needy to get pacemakers for free

PGI doctors said after the trial ends, the findings will be published for research purpose.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
August 13, 2016 5:01:35 am
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The cardiology department of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research and a pacemaker-manufacturing company have started a trial, under which 100 pacemakers will be implanted to needy patients for free.

PGI doctors said after the trial ends, the findings will be published for research purpose.

Dr Yashpaul Sharma, head, cardiology department, PGI, said: “The clinical trail was started three months ago and so, far we have implanted 14 pacemakers in needy patients at free of cost.”

He added that the trial project is going on in three top medical institutions in the country – Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research in Puducherry and another institute in Hyderabad.
Sharma said only those patients who cannot afford a pacemaker, will be treated during the trial.

“There are many patients who don’t have sufficient money to buy a pacemaker. Under this project, we will provide the pacemaker to poor patients at free of cost,” he said.

Elaborating on the aim of the trail, Sharma said it would be useful in the research purpose. “It would help to evaluate the safety and efficiency of dual chamber pacemakers,” he said, adding that the trail will continue for a few years.

The PGI doctors said the patients who got the pacemakers implanted are regularly being followed by the doctors.

“Followups are continuously happening and all the patients are fine and doing well. We are also taking the data and other parameters of these
patients that will be also be included in the research processes at a later stage,” said Sharma.

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