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Continental Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Cardiology is the branch of medicine that studies the heart and its action and diseases. Cardiovascular sciences relate to the study of the heart and its blood vessels. Another term that is often used concerning the Cardiovascular Sciences Department is cardiothoracic surgery which relates to the surgery of the heart and the chest area including the lungs.

Continental Hospitals is the best hospital for cardiac surgery in Hyderabad. Continental Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences has state-of-the-art cardiac facilities equipped with the latest technology and robust diagnostic support helmed by experienced cardiologists and their support staff.

The services offered by the best heart specialists in Hyderabad include:

  • Heart surgery
  • Heart and Lung transplant
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Interventional Cardiology procedures
  • Heart procedures such as
  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Heart valve repair/replacement
  • Aortic aneurysm repair
  • Lung procedures

Continental Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at Continental Hospitals has a Cardiac Prevention and Nutrition centre which has:  

  • the latest technologies in cardiovascular diagnostic services
  • intensive care units
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • Arrhythmia Centre
  • Advanced Heart Failure Centre

There are two cardiovascular programs run by our doctors which are Continental Emergency Heart program and Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Both these programs are designed in such a way that cardiac emergencies such as heart attacks are attended to immediately and post-procedural rehabilitation services are provided to patients recovering from heart surgeries, stenting or angioplasty.

Continental Hospital is considered the best hospital for cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries in Hyderabad as we pride in having a multidisciplinary team of highly experienced cardiologists, heart surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiac nurses and support staff who work together in providing the highest quality of clinical treatment and care to each patient.

Facilities at Continental Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences

Cardiac Preventive & Surgical Care Centre

  • Advanced Heart Failure Centre
  • Arrhythmia Centre
  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • Comprehensive Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Services
  • Electrophysiology Lab with 3D Cardiac Mapping & Radio Ablation System
  • Echocardiography (2D & 3D) Lab
  • Echocardiography (2D & 3D)Lab

Continental Emergency Heart Program: The Continental Emergency Heart Program is an emergency program designed specifically to provide interventional coronary care in situations demanding fast response, accurate and life-saving treatment. A Rapid Action Team is alerted and rushes into action the minute a patient showing heart attack symptoms is brought into the ER. This team comprising of some of the best cardiologists in India, ER physicians, emergency technicians and diagnostic specialists, cardiac nurses and cardiovascular surgeons is on call round the clock and has an exceptional track record in expeditiously treating heart attack cases with successful outcomes.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program: A heart condition can prove to be extremely challenging and difficult to manage. Our rehabilitative services have been designed with the goal of recreating the confidence and positivity in our patient's demeanor. Continental Hospitals one of the best cardiology hospitals in Hyderabad as every program is professionally supervised by experts. This program has provided post-operative recovery in patients who have suffered heart attacks, undergone surgery or PCI procedures like stenting and angioplasty. Our experienced rehabilitation therapists and health educators deliver one-to-one counselling and customized physiotherapy to help increase mental and physical agility in the recovering patient. Post- operative health supervision promotes the repair and healing of injured vessels and considerably reduces the risk of future cardiovascular complications.

Why Choose Us

Why choose Continental Hospitals for cardiac surgery or cardiovascular and thoracic surgery?

Cardiological services are important health services for patients suffering from heart diseases, cardiovascular diseases or disorders, and cardiothoracic diseases.

Heart failure is one of the major health problems worldwide and has to be addressed by doctors on a large scale. There are not enough doctors for heart failure patients in India. Hence, the field of cardiology is a very crucial and important field of medicine in India. Cardiologists at Continental Hospitals carry out and interpret diagnostic tests, and perform interventional procedures including angioplasty.  The doctors provide timely, compassionate care to patients suffering from heart and cardiovascular diseases or in the risk bracket of getting these cardiac ailments.

Our best cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons in Continental Hospitals diagnose and treat:

  • congenital heart defects
  • heart failure
  • disorders of the heart valves
  • disorders of the myocardium, which are the heart muscles
  • disorders of the pericardium, that is the outer lining of the heart
  • disorders of the coronary circulation including atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in blood vessels), myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, and restenosis (narrowing of the coronary artery)
  • cardiovascular diseases such as aneurysm, atherosclerosis, deep vein thrombosis, varicose veins
  • ventricular hypertrophy

Our commitment of provide excellent health to our heart ailment patients can be envisaged by the setting up of a Continental Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at Continental Hospitals, that have dedicated programs for heart surgeries, cardiovascular surgeries, thoracic surgeries and rehabilitation of the patients post-operatively so that they can lead a healthy life after their hospital stay. Continental Hospital has the best specialists, whether it is a cardiac surgeon, thoracic surgeon or cardiovascular surgeons, who perform their duties in the best possible manner.

With advances in medical research, new diagnostic methods are being developed to monitor the problems affecting the heart.  Some of the most conventional diagnostic tests include:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) - This test records the electrical activity of the heart, shows abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias), and can sometimes detect heart muscle damage. The ECG or EKG shows how well a pacemaker is working.
  • Stress test - it is also called a treadmill test that monitors the heart while a person walks on a treadmill or pedals a stationary bike. It also monitors the breathing and blood pressure of a person.
  • Transthoracic echocardiogram (Echo or TTE) -a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to evaluate the heart’s chamber, its valves, and its functions.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) -a test in which a sedation medicine is given and a probe is passed through your mouth and esophagus, which lies directly behind the heart. This test gives a closer image of the heart valves and its functions, and can even see blood clots in the heart.
  • Coronary angiogram –also called cardiac catheterization in which a small catheter (hollow tube) is passed through the large artery of the leg or arm and dye is passed through it, which shows narrowing of the coronary arteries, and measurement of the pressure within the heart chamber, its arteries and veins.
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) -also known as coronary angioplasty, is a non-surgical procedure that uses a catheter (thin flexible tube) to insert a stent or balloon to open narrowed arteries that supply blood to the heart.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging - it uses magnetic waves to evaluate the heart and the blood vessels connected to the heart and lungs. It also helps to identify coronary artery diseases and any congenital birth defects in the heart
  • Holter monitor -consists of a small wearable ECG machine with small patches that help to monitor heartbeats for 24 to 48 hours
  • Electrophysiology study that uses electrical catheters placed through the large vein in the leg and threaded into the heart to test the heart’s electrical system
  • Cardiac CT scan - imaging procedure that uses X-Rays and a computer to create

3-D images of the heart

The atrial septal defect is also known as an abnormal murmur of the heart can be detected by ECG, MRI or cardiac ultrasound.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator is also known as ICD is a battery-powered device inserted under the skin that keeps track of the heart rate. It also helps in performing sophisticated functions such as the storage of detected arrhythmic events and the ability to perform electrophysiologic testing of the heart.

What are the different types of cardiac diseases or heart diseases that we treat at Continental Hospitals?

Treatment of heart diseases can be managed effectively with lifestyle changes, medicines, and in some cases surgery. Continental Hospital guides patients suffering from heart diseases or cardiac diseases with proper counseling from our best heart specialists, who explain the implication of the heart diseases to the patients and informs them about any surgical procedures that are available to the patients at Continental Hospitals.

The different types of cardiac diseases or heart diseases are:

  • Coronary Artery Disease or ischemic heart disease is plaque build-up in the walls of the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart.
  • Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle which makes it hard for the heart to deliver blood to the body
  • Angina is chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscles.
  • Hypertension or elevated blood pressure is the excessive force or pressure exerted by the circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels, namely arteries in the body
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia is the change in heart tissue or in electric signals that control the heartbeat. It is a problem in the rate of heartbeat.
  • Dyspnoea is shortness of breath of a person
  • Congestive Cardiac Failure is the inability of the heart to pump blood with normal efficiency
  • Myocardial Infarction, also known as heart attack, is permanent damage to the heart muscle
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease occurs when the heart valves have been permanently damaged by rheumatic fever, an inflammatory disease.
  • Congenital Heart Disease is an abnormality or defect, wherein the heart or the blood vessels near the heart do not develop normally before birth
  • Atrial Septal Defect, also known as “hole” in the heart, is a disorder of the heart that is present at birth (congenital) and involves a hole in the wall (septum) that separates the two upper chambers (atria) of the heart. It is characterized by an abnormal murmur of the heart.
  • Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) is a birth defect of the heart when there is a hole in the wall (septum) separating the two lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart. 
  • Ischemic Heart Disease is a condition in which fatty plaque deposits narrow artery walls leading to the heart and blood flow.
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease is a heart condition caused by high blood pressure which includes heart failure, thickening of heart muscles, coronary artery disease and other conditions

What are the different types of cardiac surgeries or cardiovascular & thoracic surgeries that we perform at Continental Hospitals?

Cardiac surgery at Continental hospitals is performed using life-saving procedures, advanced surgical techniques, and treatment methods. Our cardiac surgeons have mastered innovative surgical methods, such as minimally invasive cardiac surgery and complex correction of congenital heart disease.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Continental Hospitals helps in the quick recovery of patients, who have undergone cardiac surgeries or procedures.

Some of the different types of cardiac surgeries or cardiovascular and thoracic surgeries that we offer to patients at Continental Hospitals are:

  • Angiography

It is a test to takes detailed pictures of the arteries inside the brain, heart, and kidneys of a person by using X-RAYS and a dye.

  • Angioplasty

It is also known as Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is a non-surgical procedure which uses a catheter (thin flexible tube) to insert a stent or balloon to open narrowed arteries that supply blood to the heart

  • Cardiac Pacemaker

It is a small battery-operated device consisting of a generator and wires that help the heart beat in a regular rhythm. It helps the heart beat rhythmically when the heart’s natural heartbeat rhythm is erratic.

  • Defibrillator

The device is for patients, who have an irregular, fast heartbeat. It is programmed by an electrophysiologist, a cardiac physician who specializes in heart rhythms.

  • ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator)

It is a device that can detect fast heartbeats and give a lifesaving shock to correct the heart’s rhythm. ICD treats abnormal heart rhythms which are sometimes associated with a heart attack.

  • Thrombolysis

It involves the administration of drugs (“clot busters”) to dissolve blood clots that have suddenly blocked the major arteries or veins of the heart and pose potentially serious or life-threatening implications.

  • Cardiac Stem Cells Therapy

It involves the administration of mesenchymal stem cells harvested from human umbilical cord tissue to patients suffering from heart failure.

Other innovative ways are being researched to transplant laboratory-generated heart stem cells back to the heart by using bioengineered tissue patches.

  • Coronary artery bypass graft

It is a procedure to treat coronary artery disease in which a piece of a healthy blood vessel or graft from any part of the patient’s body is used to bypass the blocked portion of the coronary artery. Read more

  • Left ventricular assist device implant (LVAD)

It is a battery-operated, mechanical pump that is implanted in patients with heart failure. It helps the left ventricle of the heart pump blood out of the ventricle to the aorta and then to the rest of the body. It is used for patients having end-stage heart failure. Read more

  • Heart and lung transplant

It is the surgical procedure in which the heart and lungs are simultaneously replaced with the donor’s heart and lungs. It is usually carried out in patients with end-stage cardiac and pulmonary disease.

  • Heart valve repair and replacement

Heart valve surgery is performed to repair or replace a valve in the heart that is not functioning properly because of valvular heart disease. Surgical valve repairs usually involve the mitral valve or tricuspid valve of the heart. Heart valve replacement occurs when the heart valve cannot be repaired. Heart valves are replaced with new mechanical or biological valves.

  • Complex correction of congenital heart disease

There are several complex forms of congenital heart diseases, which require correction by surgery. For Example, Truncus arteriosus- a complex form of a congenital heart defect in which both the aorta and the pulmonary artery are connected to the right ventricle. Another example is the tetralogy of Fallot- not enough blood can reach the lungs to get oxygen, and oxygen-poor blood flows to the body. Read more

  • Re-operative cardiac surgery

It is a repeat or redo heart surgery of people, who have already had previous heart surgeries. It helps the heart of a patient beat more efficiently and greatly improves the patient’s life.

  • Minimally invasive cardiac surgery

It is a surgical procedure that involves a variety of operations performed through incisions that are substantially smaller and less traumatic than the standard sternotomy (splitting of the entire breastbone). Read more

Our Doctors

The team of cardiologists at Continental Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences is extensively trained in diagnosing and implementing correctional procedures in the most difficult forms of cardiovascular diseases and malfunctioning conditions. Having gained immense international expertise in surgical, interventional and minimally invasive procedures, our specialists are regarded as the best cardiologists in Hyderabad as they form a collaborative team with vascular surgeons, cardiac electrophysiologists, diagnosticians and critical care specialists to create a multidisciplinary approach to every case they are presented with.

Considered among the best cardiologists in Hyderabad, our team is known for the caring, compassionate and respectful manner of communicating with patients and their families which helps to dispel any fear and doubts from their hearts. We make sure that our patients are fully aware of their medical condition and understand the recommended treatment plan well. Our doctors go to extra lengths in assisting our patients in every way and ensure that they take timely, well- informed decisions. Delivering quality medical care with a humane touch is the belief with which our cardiologists achieve maximum successful outcomes, making Continental Hospitals one of the best heart hospital in India.

At Continental Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences at Continental Hospitals, a patient has access to Hyderabad’s most comprehensive multidisciplinary team of specialists, who employ the advanced and innovative therapies to treat patients having cardiac ailments. The patients at Continental Hospitals will benefit from the advanced, superior care in the diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks making it the best hospital for the treatment of heart diseases.

Dr Meeraji Rao Dandangi

MBBS, MD (Gen Medicine), DM (Cardiology), FACC, FSCAI

Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

Dr Pradeep Rachakonda

MBBS, MS(General Surgery), MRCS, MCH (CTVS)

Sr. Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr John Doe
Dr Madhusudhana Rao

MBBS, MS(General Surgery), MCh( CTVS)


Dr Sai Ravi Shanker Arikarevula

MBBS, MD (Gen Medicine), Diploma in Cardiology, DM (Cardiology), FACC, FESC

Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

Dr Abhishek Mohanty

MBBS, MD (Gen Medicine), DM (Cardiology)

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist

Dr Jayakeerthi Y Rao

M.B.B.S, M.D, D.M(Cardiology)

Consultant Interventional Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist

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