IMS-BHU doctors perform difficult heart operation to save woman

Varanasi: Doctors from the cardiology department of the Institute of Medical Sciences of the Hindu University of Benares (IMS-BHU) saved the life of a 35-year-old woman suffering from a rare heart disease, after performing a difficult angioplasty.

The team led by Professor Om Shankar said the condition of the woman, who is from Azamgarh, was so severe that she was not even able to walk a few steps without unbearable pain in her chest, jaw and upper limbs. All symptoms pointed to serious heart disease.

She had already had her angiography done at a private hospital, which revealed a serious state of heart disease, also difficult to treat locally, so she was referred to the Cardiology Department at Sir Sunderlal Hospital, BHU.

According to Professor Shankar, his angiography revealed that the most important artery on his left side of the heart (ostial left main artery) was narrowed to threadlike structure.

This type of heart disease is considered the most serious and many people facing similar conditions often experience premature death due to sudden cardiac arrests.

He said that given the severity of the disease, only two treatments were possible in this case. Either the patient had to undergo open-heart surgery (bypass), which would have been expensive, or he had to undergo angioplasty, which was followed in this case.

“We decided to give him an angioplasty, which was a very difficult task,” he said, adding that the condition of the artery was difficult to negotiate through the wires.

Then the position and alignments of the blood vessels were such that it was also very difficult to determine where to place the stent. Even a slight mistake in this procedure could have cost the patient his life.

Finally, her narrowed vessel was opened using wires, balloons and stents by inserting a needle into the artery in her hand. Immediately after the angioplasty, the patients became completely healthy, that too without any incisions.

The procedure cost Rs 50,000, he said.