Chandigarh, June 30
Doctors at the Advanced Cardiac Center, PGI, performed a rare, high-risk operation, which is also the first in the institute’s history.
A team of doctors, led by Associate Professor Dr. Himanshu Gupta, under the direction of Professor Yash Paul Sharma, performed a very complex and life-saving angioplasty on a 90-year-old man who suffered from heart failure and critical coronary artery disease and chronic. obstructive lung disease.
Dr. Gupta said that the patient was not suitable for open heart surgery and even the angioplasty procedure was also very complex as the patient suffered from a heavily calcified left main trifurcation with a weak heart.
In this procedure, they used the Impella device, a miniature heart pump that supports the patient’s vital signs during angioplasty. The doctors explained that the patient had heavily calcified coronaries, they first had to use three rotablator burs of different sizes, followed by a shock wave balloon (IVL) to remove the large amount of calcium before the stents could be implanted in the patient. The procedure took nearly four hours, and the Impella device helped keep the patient stable throughout the procedure, the doctor said.
The patient recovered after the procedure and was discharged after just two days. Such procedures had also been performed successfully in the past, but without the use of newer devices such as the Impella, they were extremely risky for the patient.
A first: miniature pump used
- A life-saving angioplasty was performed on a patient too old and too weak to undergo open-heart surgery
- The Impella device, a miniature heart pump that supports the patient’s vital signs during angioplasty, was used in the procedure