Vision Statement: The Christian Medical College, Vellore, seeks to be a witness to the healing ministry of Christ, through excellence in education, service and research
Lakhs of Indians die of heart diseases and related conditions every year. Many of these deaths can be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyles and behaviour.
CMC doctors did the first open-heart surgery in India in 1962. Since then we have saved 18,000 hearts!
Our Departments of Cardiology and Cardio-Thoracic Surgery care for around 7,000 patients per year. Many of our patients can’t afford to pay for their operations, and our Person-to-Person fund helps meet the cost.
• Sharp chest pain or a heavy feeling toward the
left side of the body, the left arm, the neck or the back.
• Dizziness, sweating, breathless or fainting.
• Burning in the stomach
If these persist, please contact your doctor immediately.
Click on the pictures of the runners to read more about the transforming stories of our patients – heart heroes like Rani – who found new life after a heart attack
Exercise & be active
Stop smoking and drinking
CMC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation team brings together doctors from Cardiology and PMR, cardio-technicians, physiotherapists and nurses.
Their passion is saving hearts! They believe that heart attack survivors can keep their hearts in good shape through structured exercise and lifestyle change.
“After a heart attack, patients are scared to do strenuous exercise. They slow down to protect their heart,” the team explains. “They may climb stairs slowly or avoid them completely. They may stop playing a favorite sport. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The heart is a organ made of muscles, similar to muscles in our hands and legs. Heart muscles can undergo positive changes with structured exercises.”
Bhaskaran, 45, had an unusual pain in his right arm. He took time out of his stressful schedule as a Housing Society Secretary to have a checkup. The local clinic told him it may be muscle pain and there was nothing to worry about. However, the pain persisted for a few days, so Bhaskaran drove to CMC’s Cardiac Emergency Unit.
An angiogram revealed a large block in his arteries, so the doctors performed an angioplasty, saving his life. His joint family looked after his wife and two school-going children while he was in the ICU.
Two weeks after the operation, he was introduced to the cardiac rehabilitation program. “You can train and get your heart into good shape, Bhaskaran,” the team encouraged him. “Soon you will be running marathons,” and just like that, Bhaskaran was the first member of the Cardiac-Rehab Running Club. After finishing the 3 months program, he began jogging daily at a local college ground. Soon he was able to run 10 km at a stretch.
The Running Club is a big part of his life. He has inspired other heart attack survivors to join the Running Club.