JAMMU, Jan 16: Interventional Cardiologists at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital (SMVDNSH) in Jammu led by Dr Ujjaval Chandra Mehrotra, Interventional Cardiologist and Electro-physiologist have performed a life-saving procedure on a 52 year old patient from Jammu suffering from end-stage heart failure.
Such procedures are usually done at high-end tertiary care centres and people from Jammu travel to either Delhi or Punjab to get such treatments done. Now, they don’t have to travel long distances as complex cardiac procedures and surgeries are performed at SMVDNSH in Jammu itself.
Though the patient (Raja) travelled to Delhi and consulted a senior cardiologist from a reputed hospital, he chose to come back and get the treatment done in his hometown. He was suffering from breathlessness on exertion since few months that was gradually increasing and disturbing his routine life.
He was diagnosed to be suffering from Dilated Cardiomyopathy with severe left ventricle dysfunction. Such patents of acute heart failure are initially managed with medication followed by a life-saving procedure such as CRT (Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy) also called Biventicular pacing.
“A special lead pacemaker is used to synchronise the contractions of the left ventricle with the right ventricle of the heart to improve ejection fraction in patients with severe and moderately severe heart failure”, informed Dr Ujjaval.
Left Ventricle Assisted Device (LVAD) implants using CRT is the highest support given to the heart to improve the ejection fraction in order to manage the heart failure, which only a trained, highly skilled and experienced cardiologist specialising in electrophysiology can perform. Such complex procedures are performed at very few hospitals in India.
The lead pacemakers will last for six to seven years after which, the battery will need to be changed. “Just like how a heart transplant holds a lot of value for a cardiac surgeon, the CRT procedure holds equal value for an Interventional Cardiologist”, said Dr Ujwal.