WARIS is a not-for profit society and its mission statement is `Helping people, saving lives`.
It supports wellness of people as well as disease prevention, not only for heart diseases but also for other general and specialized diseases.
It also supports and promotes trans-radial interventions to save lives.
WARIS is helped in its work not only by Doctors from India and overseas; many national and international organizations, including Lions as well as Rotary Clubs of India, and various hospitals help in this mission voluntarily.
An important charitable agenda for WARIS in the last decade and also in the current decade has been to STOP HEART ATTACK.
The `STOP HEART ATTACK` Program consists of
1 .The Community Intervention Services Program.
This program helps people to assess their risk factors for heart-disease; as many potential heart disease patients are unaware of their risk. Assessing their cardiovascular risk helps guide appropriate interventions and prevention.
The program is managed by a team of volunteers including doctors, nurses, technicians and other healthcare professionals. For the purpose, camps are organized with the cooperation of several voluntary organizations and regional, as well as, local networks.
WARIS runs charitable outpatient clinic services in rural, semi-rural and urban areas and holds Free Heart Check camps to serve the populations in various regions of the country: Gurgaon, Rewari, Bhiwadi, Agra, Alwar, Chomu, Gurgaon, Hisar, Kota, Jhansi, Jaipur, Sri Ganganagar, Jodhpur , Lucknow, Bikaner, and other regions. This program is supported by various institutions and helps the people by getting the super-specialist cardiologists to the people for detection and management of disease; rather than the people reaching the doctors since unfortunately, many lack the means to reach such specialist doctors.
WARIS creates awareness on wellness and prevention of disease; especially regarding heart disease, its risk factors and also about prevention of heart attack. Awareness is created in the public through public lectures and mass media communication, both print and electronic media. This includes coverage through newspapers, pamphlet distribution, press conferences, interviews as well as inserts on television; besides video circulation on cable television, and finally, coverage on regional and national television news. Similarly, Continuing Medical Education(CME) Programs are held for Physicians, Cardiologists and General Practitioners, and other healthcare professionals in Rewari, Bhiwadi, Agra, Alwar, Chomu, Gurgaon, Hisar, Kota, Jhansi, Jaipur, Sri Ganganagar, Jodhpur, Lucknow, Bikaner, Kolkata and other parts of the country for the purpose of education and to create awareness not only about heart attack and its prevention but also about other aspects of cardiology and about transradial interventions, its advantages and recent advances in the field of interventional cardiology.
Cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in India. A very high incidence of cardiovascular risk factors, including tobacco abuse, hypertension, and dyslipidemia are responsible. Lack of awareness regarding the risk factors and preventive measures is responsible for the high prevalence and incidence of cardiovascular disease.
WARIS aims to create awareness to mitigate suffering of the people by preventing disease and promoting wellness.
As part of the `STOP HEART ATTACK` campaign, other than creating awareness about the `Dos and Don’ts ` to prevent heart attack, WARIS also creates awareness about the symptoms of a heart attack and about appropriate immediate initial response at the grass root level to optimize survival of patients, since in a heart attack, time is muscle.
WARIS also promotes Transradial Intervention, and conducts workshops since 2007 which were initially called India Radial Blitz.
The 1st workshop was held at Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi in 2007. At the India Radial Blitz 2008, at Apollo Hospital, New Delhi the theme was `Size matters`.
In 2009-2011, the meeting was held at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi and at Fortis Escorts Kalyani heart Institute, Gurgaon. A special consensus issue on transradials was published in JIMA in 2009. Stalwarts like Dr David Hilton, Dr Tift Mann, Dr Yves Louvard have contributed significantly to the cause for which a lifetime achievement award was given to Dr Hilton in 2009. The society held the first WORLD RADIAL MEET successfully in 2010 in Gurgaon, India. Stalwarts of transradial interventions, Dr Louvard, Dr Tift Mann, Dr Adhir Shroff, Dr Mladen Vidovich participated.
The Radial conference came to be known as RADIAL LIVE from 2009 and has been held every year. In 2013, for the first time in the world outside Japan, transradial angioplasty was done using 4F guiding catheters in the workshops of Radial Live. 9 live cases were done including transradial left main angioplasty and transradial rotablation. In 2015 Radial Live was held in The Mission Hospital, Durgapur,WB. Dr Vlad Dzavik from Toronto Heart Center, Toronto University hospital participated. 6Live cases were done and invited faculty was allowed to do the live cases with supervision of experts , Dr Dazvik and Dr Sanjay Chugh. The second Slender Radial Club meeting was held in 2016 at the same hospital under the aegis of the Wellness and Radial Intervention Society on which again 6 complex PCI were performed by the legends of interventional cardiology, Dr Talkashi Matsukage and Dr Sanjay Chugh. In 2018 April, Dr Mladen Vidovich flew down from University of Chicago to participate in Radial Live at Jaipur National University, where for the first time in the world, successful distal transradial interventions via the anatomical snuffbox were performed LIVE in two consecutive patients of acute coronary syndrome by Dr Sanjay Chugh. This incidentally was also a consensus meet for transradial interventions.
WARIS is supported and assisted, in this endeavor by its International patrons in Netherlands, North America, USA, the UK, Macedonia and France.
WARIS now intends to set up an online radial university (at www.radiallive.com)with Dr Mladen Vidovich , Dr Mamas Mamas ,Dr Adhir Shroff , Dr Jim Nolan and a host of other leading experts as start-up Faculty.