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When whatsapp brings Cardiology at your doorstep

A doctor from Mangalore, Dr Padmanabh Kamath aids the rural population and saves many from cardiac arrest by establishing WhatsApp groups.

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Dr. Padmanabh Kamath is an interventional  cardiologist which is to say he has had one to two years of additional education and training in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease. An interventional cardiologist also diagnoses and treats congenital and structural heart conditions through procedures that are catheter-based such as angioplasty and stenting. He is currently a  professor and  HOD of cardiology at KMC hospital where he has been teaching since the year 2006. He also consults at the Balmatta Diagnostic and Research Centre. One of the many perks of having his clinic in the circle of Jyothi is the fact that the area is really well-connected which in turn makes going to and coming from the clinic very easy. 

Dr. Kamath has also worked in the Kasturba hospital in Manipal for two years as an assistant professor and three months as an associate professor. He received his degree in MBBS in the year 1995 and in MD in the year 1999. He did his DM post-doctoral superspeciality degree course in Cardiology from the Christian Medical College, Vellore in the years 2001-2004. Furthermore, he has a few publications under his name and has also been a part of and attended various national and international conferences along with having delivered many lectures and presentations. 

He is a part of include neurology, dermatology, gastroenterology and diabetology. He is considered as the one doctor that patients chose to go to consistently when it comes to general consultations. Dr. Kamath sees it as his life duty to ensure that his patients get the best of the health care that has been made available.  Dr. Padmanath Kamath with the Cardiology at Doorstep Foundation, can easily be referred to as a person who can be considered as one of the people Mangalore can be proud of. In a time where everyone seems to be in a rush to progress and urbanisation has become rather too popular, rural health and well -being is not given enough importance, neither are amenities or doctors. With the mission to better this situation, in February 2018, he established a Whatsapp group and named it Cardiology at Doorstep that would aid patients of rural and remote areas.

Dr. Kamath mentions that this initiative has succeeded in diagnosing 5000 heart attacks with the aid of  about 30,000 Electrocardiograms (ECG) that were posted in two Whatsapp groups. It is an added achievement that more than 10,000 lives have been saved due their constant strive in service and installation of 244 ECG machines in Jan Aushadi Kendras and rural health centres. To save lives with the help of IT infrastructure while providing medical equipment to the rural areas is the motto of this foundation. He believes that in tough times like that of a pandemic, care for the elderly and the poor can be overlooked and can lead to their well- being to be compromised without timely diagnosis and proper treatment. With initiatives such as launching this ground and 24 hour cardiac helpline, many lives can be saved.  As the website was launched on the Indian Independence day on August 15, Dr. Kamath says that it is a metaphor to liberate the patients and make them independent about their health.

Dr. Padmanabh Kamath
Dr. Padmanabh Kamath

Prof and HOD of Cardiology
KMC, Mangalore

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