Department was formed in 1986 when Dr. Suman
Rao was appointed as Associate Prof. in cardiology
and the department initially functioned as a unit
of Department of Medicine. Subsequently present
head Dr P C Negi joined the department in 1990.
It became a separate Department under the Headship
of Prof Sunman Rao in 1992.
of Cardiology started its journey with 5 beds
one senior resident and two consultants in 1992.
Till 1992 only TMT lab services were available.
In year 1992 old CCU installed in early 70ís under
the department was renovated with new ECG bed
side and tele ECG monitors. New Image intensifier
for implantation of temporary pacemaker and Permanent
pacemaker implantations installed and facilities
for implantation of temporary pacemaker was started
in the department. First permanent pacemaker was
implanted in year 1992 itself. Echocardiography
with colour Doppler facilities was installed in
1992 itself. Thus the department of Cardiology
was established on reasonable footing with non
invasive labs and established its credibility
with hard work put in by the team. The support
of Open heart surgery was however lacking. With
constant perseverance for years by the team in
the department we were able to convince Government
of HP to establish the cardiac catheterization
lab in year 1997. The first Coronary angiography
was done in Sept 1997. At this point of time we
could convince government to create additional
posts of faculty members, technical staff. We
would like to acknowledge the support and guidance
that we received from department of Cardiology
and CTVS of AIIMS New Delhi in making our cath.
Lab and Open heart surgery programme successful
by providing opportunity to undergo training at
AIIMS New Delhi. Today department provides all
the services related to heart diseases and no
patients are being referred out of the state and
we take pride in it. Department has added one
more feather in its cap by starting Post doctorate
(DM) training since 2011 with annual intake of
2 candidates. The department today has grown to
full fledge independently function department
with 26 beds including 9 CCU beds. 6 faculty members
6 DM senior Residents and 6 non DM Senior Residents
with supporting technical and nursing staff. The
department now intends to add the additional dimension
of division of preventive cardiology.