While the Van Regional Training and Research Hospital, together with the surrounding provinces, served approximately 3 million people, it significantly reduced the patient travel to metropolitan cities such as Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir with correct diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. In the center, which has achieved success with pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiovascular surgery, neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, cardiovascular surgery intensive care unit and expert anesthesia team, angiography is performed for 20 children per month. The polyclinics in the center serve 2 thousand patients.


Cardiology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Serdar Epçaçan said, “When we compare congenital heart diseases with other centers, we can say that we see a slightly higher rate. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, we see a higher number of patient population and therefore we see it more frequently because we are a center that appeals to a high population. The second reason is that here is 1700. We have districts and villages at an altitude of -1800 and even at an altitude of 2 thousand 2500. These are associated with the frequency of some congenital heart diseases.

The third reason is consanguineous marriage. Consanguineous marriage when compared with other regions of Turkey in our region more intense. Therefore, genetic diseases can be seen more frequently. For these 3 reasons, we can say that we see heart diseases more frequently in our region. We used to refer many patients we treated here outside the province before. But now, we can treat our patients in our own center without referral, “he said.


Stating that 3 cardiologists and 1 pediatric cardiovascular specialist work in the Pediatric Cardiology Center, Hospital Chief Physician Assoc. Dr. Sebahattin Çelik, “Approximately 20 angiomas are performed in our center per month. Jobs that require very advanced technology and skills. As you know, unfortunately, in our geography, there are many kin marriages. The high rate of consanguineous marriages means an increase in family diseases. The most important of these diseases is cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, in our region. cardiovascular diseases are common in children. This supports how important and appropriate a pediatric cardiac center is, “he said.

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