Kochi: Kerala’s first artificial heart implantation was successfully performed in a private hospital on a 61-year-old patient.
The cardiothoracic surgery team at VPS Lakeshore Hospital implanted the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), an advanced and unique mechanism designed to help patients with heart failure by helping the lower left chamber of the heart (ventricle left) to pump blood to the aorta and the rest of the body.
The patient, who has been on treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) for six years, was admitted to hospital with cardiogenic shock, breathing difficulties and hypotension on September 13.
Her condition deteriorated with continued heart failure with fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema) and she was transferred to life support.
Even if the option to bring her back to life was a heart transplant, which requires a donor heart and an unpredictable waiting period, time is running out and that’s when doctors decide to implant the LVAD – a heart. artificial.
With the family’s consent, doctors performed an extremely rare nine-hour life-saving surgery on October 8.
Now the patient is safe, she has started to take food orally and is recovering during rehabilitation.
According to the medical team, she can live an improved, long and normal life with this support.
DS Sujith, the cardiothoracic surgeon who led the team of professionals, said that with organ donation in a plateau phase in Kerala, the ventricular assist device (artificial heart) is a boon in the current scenario in as a bridge to transplantation as well as destination therapy. .