Thiru Shekhar Deshmukh IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police Flagged off the Cycle Rally

Cyclerally creates awareness and spreads hope about Aortic Disorder on Aortic Dissection Awareness Day 2022

Thiru Shekhar Deshmukh IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police Flagged off the Cycle Rally

Chennai, September 18, 2022

The Institute of Cardiac and Aortic Disorders (ICAD) at SIMS hospitals, Vadapalani, organised a Cycle Rally toda y (18th Sep. 2022) to commemorate the Aortic Dissection Awareness Day. The event was flagged off by the Chie f Guest Thiru Shekhar Deshmukh IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Greater Chennai Police and other dignita ries from the healthcare industry.

The cycle rally started at Swamy Sivananda Salai, crossed Napier Bridge, Island Grounds, Anna salai and culmin ated at Swamy Sivananda Salai. The patients, doctors, nurses, and healthcare support staff of SIMS Hospital cyc led across 5 kms in 30 minutes time to spread the message about aortic dissection: the little-known medical co ndition, the importance of equipping oneself with the basic knowledge about this health disorder, and the ways and means one can show solidarity and extend support to people who are suffering from it.

Speaking on the occasion Dr V.V. Bashi, Director & Senior Consultant, Institute of Cardiac & Aortic Disorders (IC AD) at SIMS Hospital said, “We are extremely delighted to have garnered such great support for this cycle rally. It is very encouraging to see the aortic patients partake in this awareness event, and spread hope and cheer to patients and their families suffering from this medical condition. Studies indicate that approximately 7 lakh pe ople suffer from various types of aortic aneurysm in India.

Nearly 30,000 people suffer from aortic dissection with less than 1% getting the right surgical help. Aortic Aneu rysm can affect people of any age and both sexes. Aortic dissection when not treated promptly can cause st roke, kidney failure and death by rupture of the aorta and if left untreated, aortic dissection can lead to death in 1 out of every 3 people in first 24 hours which increa ses to 50% in 48 hours. We hope people use Aortic Dissecti on Awareness Day to kick-start a healthier lifestyle and become committed to loving their Aorta, a little more”.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Raju Sivasamy, Vice President, SIMS Hospital, said “Driven by the need to save liv es, create strong preventive healthcare mechanisms and earn trust among our stakeholders, with the best indus try practices, we at SIMS continue our endeavours in enhancing and providing the World class services and solu tions to our patients. In the process, we build patient partnerships through patient education and believe that it will strengthen our alliance in nurturing a healthier society.

I take this opportunity to congratulate and thank Dr Bashi and team for their unwavering dedication in providing the best of services to our patients and for inspiring SIMS to be recognised as a leader in the field of Cardiac and Aortic Disorders. Also, for being socially responsible and proactively contributing to nurturing a healthy society, with such awareness events. It is very heartening to see the patients also joining our doctors, nurses and other s upport staff of our hospital participating in the cycle rally with equal enthusiasm”.