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Greetings from PRS Hospital, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
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EDITORIAL
Greetings from PRS Hospital, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Tiny Nair
Department of Cardiology, PRS Hospital, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Address for correspondence: Dr. Tiny Nair, Department of Cardiology, PRS Hospital, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.
E-mail: tinynair@gmail.com
Introduction
 
ABSTRACT
Occupying only a small percentage of Indian landmass, Keralahas an exemplary record of quality health care, comparable tothe "western" standards! Life expectancy is the highest andinfant mortality is lowest in the country. While this "special"standing separates Kerala from other states and is laudable, weat the PRS Hospital continue to explore newer and technologybasedsolutions to further reduce the burden from cardiovasculardisease (CVD). Thanks to the visionary mission of thefounders of PRS Hospital, we are able to implement and showimprovements in the care of individuals at risk for CVD. Thefounder of our hospital (Mr. P. Ratnaswamy) envisioned a smallpilot project in 1986 to provide quality care through "Motherand Child Hospital" at affordable costs to the patients. The logo"care like only a mother can give" reflected his vision then, andtoday, PRS Hospital has grown into one of the best health-careproviders not only in Kerala but also in the country. It is nowa highly respected multispecialty hospital covering all aspects ofdisease detection and treatment. For example, the cardiovascularservices at PRS can be considered as an anchor, evidencedby National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & HealthcareProviders (NABH) and ISO accreditations. Not only clinicalmedicine but we also have a dedicated dimension for academicadvancement - medical education, research, professional andpublic publications, etc.
How to cite this article: Nair T. Greetings from PRS hospital,Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Hypertens 2019. Hypertens2019;5(1): 1.
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Occupying only a small percentage of Indian landmass, Keralahas an exemplary record of quality health care, comparable tothe "western" standards! Life expectancy is the highest andinfant mortality is lowest in the country. While this "special"standing separates Kerala from other states and is laudable, weat the PRS Hospital continue to explore newer and technologybasedsolutions to further reduce the burden from cardiovasculardisease (CVD). Thanks to the visionary mission of thefounders of PRS Hospital, we are able to implement and showimprovements in the care of individuals at risk for CVD. Thefounder of our hospital (Mr. P. Ratnaswamy) envisioned a smallpilot project in 1986 to provide quality care through "Motherand Child Hospital" at affordable costs to the patients. The logo"care like only a mother can give" reflected his vision then, andtoday, PRS Hospital has grown into one of the best health-careproviders not only in Kerala but also in the country. It is nowa highly respected multispecialty hospital covering all aspects ofdisease detection and treatment. For example, the cardiovascularservices at PRS can be considered as an anchor, evidencedby National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & HealthcareProviders (NABH) and ISO accreditations. Not only clinicalmedicine but we also have a dedicated dimension for academicadvancement - medical education, research, professional andpublic publications, etc.

This dedicated issue of the Hypertension Journal is oneexample of the contribution of our staff and the hospital todisseminate scientific developments for the ultimate benefits ofthe society and to protect and preserve public health in South Asia.

 
Dr. Prakash Nair addresses the importance of the leftventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in the evaluation of patientswith hypertension. His narrative reminds us how a simpleprocedure like echocardiography can be instantly useful indetecting LVH in the clinical setting; his article remindsthe reader about the value of early detection of target organdamage in clinical practice. Dr. Vijayan's article on white coathypertension (WCH) helps the reader to understand in depthabout the manifestations of WCH and its prognosis. Dr. Santoshet al. brought to the readership an old technique angiotensinconvertingenzyme inhibitor radionuclide renography in themodern diagnosis of renovascular hypertension. It shouldbe readily evident to the readers that when used "properly,"renography still has a diagnostic role. Dr. Krishnakumar in hisreview elucidates the mechanisms and management of resistanthypertension; he provides simple steps on tackling resistanthypertension in the community. Dr. Geetha's article describesto us that secondary hypertension, while not so commonshould not be missed by busy practitioners; she describes thefeatures of secondary hypertension which may help the readerin considering diagnostic work-up in certain patients withhypertension. The reviews written by the senior consultantsfrom the world-famous Baylor University Medical Center,Dallas, USA, provide the latest scientific information on thestatin use and on the important critical adverse relationshipbetween chronic kidney disease and CVD. And finally, I havereviewed the subsets of hypertension in India which are missedand not documented. I hope that the description will be helpfulto the readers.

I expect the readers to enjoy and experience, as much as I did,the public health significance of the varied articles in this issue ofthe Hypertension Journal.

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