Dr. Praveen Varma currently serves as Clinical Professor & Head at the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (C.V.T.S.), School of Medicine, Kochi.

QUALIFICATION : MS (General Surgery), MCh (CVTS)


Publication Type: Journal Article

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Journal Article

A. Madkaiker, Krishna, N., Kumaraswamy, N., and Dr. Praveen Varma, “Infected pseudoaneurysm of the left anterior descending artery.”, BMJ Case Rep, vol. 2016, 2016.[Abstract]

Primary percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) with the insertion of a stent is a well-established procedure for management of coronary artery disease. Infected pseudoaneurysms following PTCA and stenting are very rare and have poor outcomes if not managed properly. We are presenting a case of a man aged 50 years with infected pseudoaneurysm of the left anterior descending artery following multiple percutaneous interventions for coronary artery disease. In this paper, we have described the presentation, diagnosis and management of this patient and have discussed the aetiology and management options of infected pseudoaneurysm affecting coronary arteries. More »»


Journal Article

Dr. Praveen Varma, Raman, S. P., Neema, P. K., and Shekar, P. S., “Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy”, Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, vol. 31, pp. 153-161, 2015.[Abstract]

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a common genetic cardiovascular disease affecting the general population with an estimated prevalence of 1 in 500 with autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance and is an important cause of intractable heart failure. Up to 70 % of patients present with left ventricular outflow tract obstruction due to asymmetric hypertrophy of the interventricular septum and systolic anterior motion of anterior mitral leaflet. These patients are initially managed with medical treatment. Persistent symptoms (dyspnea and chest pain NYHA class 3 or 4 and syncope) in spite of optimal medical therapy and presence of gradients above 50 mm of Hg at rest or by provocation are usually referred for invasive strategy. Extended surgical myectomy and alcohol septal ablation are current strategies employed for relief of left ventricular outflow tract gradients. There is a higher incidence of residual gradients, more incidences of conduction blocks requiring pacemaker implantation and more risk of life-threatening arrhythmias with alcohol ablation compared to surgery and hence is currently recommended as a treatment option only in elderly patients with poor risk profile for surgery. Early and long-term results after surgery are excellent, making it as the gold standard for management of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. © 2015, Indian Association of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeons.

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Journal Article

Dr. Praveen Varma, “Risk Assessment Scores in Cardiac Surgery”, Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia, vol. 18, pp. 170-171, 2015.