A recent US government-funded 100 million US dollar study, spanning through 10 years, followed up more than 5000 heart patients with proven coronary heart disease but not in emergency – and declared that “Medical therapy with lifestyle change” works better than “Bypass Surgery or Angioplasty.” The trial known as ISCHEMIA Trial was the most scientifically designed study (Randomized Controlled Trial) was presented on Saturday, 15th November, 2019 at the annual meeting of American Heart Association (AHA) in Philadelphia.
According to Dr. Bimal Chhajer MD, Heart Care and Lifestyle Expert, “Yoga and Diet based Lifestyle management along with Optimum Medical Management is the key to the solution of heart disease. Not only they are equally effective, if not better, than Bypass Surgery or Angioplasty.” Saaol (Science and Art of Living) has been treating heart patients for the last 25 years successfully. Saaol’s theory is now being proven correct by most modern medical research. “To avoid heart attack all the patients need is a thorough training on lifestyle and cover of Allopathic medicines” opines Dr. Chhajer, an ex consultant at the AIIMS, New Delhi and Founder of Saaol Heart Center, which has 89 branches across India and abroad.
The trial called “International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches or ISCHEMIA” was conducted on 5170 heart patients in 320 sites spread over 37 countries (India also had some sites) followed these moderate to severe patients for average 3.3 years (2.2 to 4.4 years) was conducted under the leadership of Dr. Judith Hochman of New York University. The results showed that Medicine group was even better than the Stent/Bypass surgery group at the end of one year and were equal at the end of 3.3 years so far as Angina is concerned. Heart Attack, Hospitalization, or Death rate was not significantly different in both the groups by the end of 3.3 years. This study results were announced on 15th November but the detailed study has been accepted to be published in the most prestigious medical journal Lancet. The result of the study has already made headlines in the New York Times, Washington Post and Newspapers & News Portals all across the world.
In the beginning of the study all the patients were TMT positive; 85% of them went for CT Angiography and 15% for conventional Catheter Angiography to assess the blockages. Almost 50% has Severe Angina, 33% had moderate Angina and 12% had Mild. Half of the patients went for Bypass surgery or Angioplasty and half were followed with Optimum Medical Therapy (OMT) with lifestyle change.
At the end of 4 years, the death date was 6.5% and 6.4% in both the groups. Hospitalization with heart attack was also similar at 13.9% and 11.7%. This research concluded that if the patient in not having heart attack or angina at rest, doing stents or Bypass surgery does not give any advantage to the heart patients. The heart patients are better off if they are on Optimal Medicines with lifestyle change and concluded that for TMT positive cases Stents or Bypass Surgeries are not required.
“The study results have put a big question mark on the use of unnecessary Angioplasties and Bypass Surgeries in India and the 10,000 Heart Hospital Industry driven by the greedy Heart Surgeons and Interventional Cardiologists” commented Dr. Bimal Chhajer, MD, Heart Care and Lifestyle Expert director of Saaol Heart Center, New Delhi. In India more, than 5 lac stents are being put every year and some 60,000 Bypass Surgeries are being done in the Heart Hospitals and 85% of them are done on stable heart patients – which can be easily avoided. The present study has proven that Saaol’s approach to heart treatment is more scientific, reliable and cheaper as it involves Diet, Yoga, Stress Management, Exercise and Optimal Medical Treatment – said Dr. Bimal Chhajer.