Suruchi Gupta

Body-Mind Care

Healing Heart

by on Oct.31, 2010, under Body-Mind Care

More effective than taking medicines and less complicated than bypass surgery, angioplasty is ideal for both young and aged patients

Why should a 30-year-old need angioplasty? What is the lifestyle he is leading, stress factors he has? A live interventional cardiology workshop for cardiologists and medical practitioners was conducted by DESUN Hospital and Heart Institute to create awareness about the latest technology and developments in the field of angiogram and angioplasty. The developments in angioplasty – insertion of catheter through both hands and both legs instead of leg only – have made this technique of dealing with cardiac problems more advanced, shared experts from DESUN.

DESUN is the first hospital in eastern India to have brought this technology and conduct an educative workshop, shared Sajal Dutta, chairman and MD, DESUN. The intervention process was conduction on two patients – 30-year-old Sunil Das from Behrampur and 80-year-old Shankar Chakrabarty from Kankurgachi, Kolkata.

“Normally angioplasty is for patients over 50-60 years old. This patient would die if we don’t do this or bypass. The latter is complicated and opening heart is another issue at this age. Two years back we could not have thought of an angioplasty in this case, but now we can. And he can lead a normal life after this,” said Dutta.

Consultant interventional cardiologists Dr Saumitra Ray and Dr Anjanlal Dutta from Kolkata along with Dr MS Hiramath, head intervention cardiologist, Heart Care Clinic, Pune, and conducted the two operations.

Ray explained why angioplasty was ideal in case of the 80 year old. “At 80 years, the brain, lungs, kidney all body functions are ageing. Bypass surgery is a high risk in these cases. We cannot keep him on medicine as that has problems too.”

He added, “Angioplasty is an intermediate path between bypass and medicine. It has better effect than medicine and less complication than bypass. No anaesthesia apart from local anaesthesia is given, organ functions are not compromised unmanageably, patient can go back home in three days time and the problems associated with lying in bed for 10 days – pneumonia, urine infection, etc are not suffered. Even cost wise, angioplasty is cheaper.”

The experts shared that most patients cannot afford the cost of a bypass, a second of which is very risky and beyond financial capacity for most in India. “Younger the patient we try to do angioplasty. If one angioplasty has been done at 30 years, at 45-50-years of age, if need be, we can do a second angioplasty or bypass too, which would be difficult if a bypass itself is done at 30 years,” said Ray.

At the conference, Dutta also shared the expansion plans of DESUN. “By 2012 we will expand our present 300 bed hospital to 750, and by 2013 start operations in Siliguri.”

Ashoknagar, North 24 Parganas, will have a 25 bed cardiac clinic of DESUN, in collaboration with Ashoknagar Municipality Corporation, operational by March 2010. “Since many patients die on the journey from 24 Parganas to this place, this unit will help in initial treatment there itself, before being transferred to Kolkata,” shared Dutta.

Posted On Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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