First of its kind Heart Procedure in India saves the life of a 62 year old patient.
- First of its kind cardiovascular procedure in India
- ‘Hybrid Cardiovascular procedure’ a pioneering effort in India for Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
- 62 year old Ms Satyavathi gets new hope of life with Cardiac Resynchronization therapy
June 09, 2012, Chennai: Global Health City has been pioneering path breaking initiatives in the fields of not only liver transplants but also in critical areas such as cardiovascular procedures. A recent case that was handled by the super specialist team of doctors headed by Dr. Guru Prasad & Dr. Govini Balasubramani, senior surgeons, Global Health City Chennai offered a new lease of life to 62 year old Ms. Satyavathi, who had been suffering from a rare form of cardiomyopathy that could have led to a fatal heart failure. The 4 hour pioneering Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT-P) by Hybrid Cardiovascular procedure performed for the first time in India was successful and the patient is on the road to recovery and should be discharged in a week’s time.
Hybrid cardiovascular Technique procedure undertaken at Global Health City for the first time in India is a process where the LV lead placement is done only by a small Video Assisted Thoracoscopic port (VATS) instead of opening up by a big complex surgical incision. A hybrid procedure combines traditional surgical treatments performed in the operating room with treatments traditionally available only in the catheterization laboratory with the goal of offering patients the best available therapy for all cardiovascular diseases. This form of ‘Hybrid cardiovascular Techniques’ utilizing both the cath lab and operating room on one platform to conduct these complex procedures avoids complexity, helps in faster recovery and thus reducing the duration of the stay in hospital.
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) is a relatively new therapy for patients with symptomatic heart failure resulting from systolic dysfunction with LV electrical abnormality. In patients where proper insertion of the CRT machine into the heart is not possible, a lead (wire) can be placed surgically into the heart.
Speaking on the modus operandi of the complex surgery Dr. Guru Prasad , Senior Interventional Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist , Global Health City said “The CRT has offered a new hope of life for patients prone to heart failure. Especially those, who have suffered recurrent heart failures despite optimum medication and have certain Echo and ECG criteria. We are elated that Ms Satyavathi responded well to our treatment and is nearly back to normal".
Speaking alongside the patient Dr. Govini Balasubramani, Senior Cardiothoracic & Lung transplant surgeon said “A Hybrid cardiovascular Technique combines surgical therapy with endovascular intervention to achieve optimal benefits in patients with cardiovascular disease by using less invasive methods. Minimally invasive left ventricular epicardial lead placement is safe and effective minimal morbidity.”
Satyavati, 62 who has responded well, opined “I want to thank Dr. Guru Prasad & Dr Govini Balasubramani for undertaking this complex procedure and have bestowed a new lease of life through their professional treatment. I am sure God has guided them and am grateful to the entire medial team at Global Health City”
Pioneering these ‘Hybrid Cardiovascular Techniques’ for the first time in India are Dr. Guru Prasad , Senior interventional Cardiologist & Electro physiologist who received training at Mayo & Cleveland clinic in USA and Dr. Govini Balasubramani, Senior Cardiothoracic & Lung transplant surgeon who had the benefit of the special training in Video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) & Minimal Access Cardiac Surgery (MACS).