New tech in Chennai gives life to 82-year-old’s heart 

Kauvery Hospital Chennai announced the successful treatment of 82-year-old man with multiple heart valve disease.

Published: 08th June 2022 03:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2022 03:41 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI:  Kauvery Hospital Chennai announced the successful treatment of 82-year-old man with multiple heart valve disease. The procedure which is a first of its kind in the country involved two ‘valve in valve’ replacement using a transcatheter and a pacemaker was also implanted through transcatheter in the same procedure to resolve slow heart rate.

Balakrishnan, aged 82, from Coimbatore, suffered from multiple heart valve disease which included a severe aortic valve leak, mitral valve leak and moderately leaking tricuspid valve with severe pulmonary hypertension (high pressure in the arteries of lungs and right side of heart). Also known as the leaky valve disease, the condition is where the heart valve does not close properly, causing leakage in the blood flow, pushing the heart to strain further for effective pumping of the blood which would eventually lead to a heart failure or cardiac arrest.

Speaking on the condition, Dr R Anantharaman, senior consultant interventional cardiologist, Kauvery Hospital Chennai, said, “The man had a history of severe regurgitation (leak) of both mitral and aortic valve and the tricuspid valve which leaked moderately. In 2012, he went through a valve replacement surgery where the aortic valve was replaced with a 21 mm bioprosthetic valve, the mitral valve was replaced with a 31 mm bioprosthetic valve and the tricuspid valve was repaired. A bypass graft to the front of the left anterior descending artery was also performed on him. At this point, the functioning of his heart had significantly reduced and post-surgery, he was sustained on medical treatment.”

This year, he started facing difficulties in breathing and it worsened over a period of four to six months, to an extent where he was unable to walk or lie flat on his back. “Our team examined his condition and his medical history, where the ECHO (Echocardiography) showed a re-narrowing in the aortic and mitral bio prosthetic valves. Considering his age, reduced heart function and the previous surgery we could not afford a repetition of same surgery, due to the high risks involved.

After a thorough heart team discussion, we performed valve in valve replacement using a transcatheter (minimally invasive) for both the aortic and mitral valves, which appeared to be the ideal solution. Additionally, we also detected a conduction block in his heart which was resolved by a pacemaker, using transcatheter pacemaker (Micra)” adds Dr Anantharaman.

A transcatheter procedure for valve in valve replacement is recommended for those who had undergone open heart surgeries with tissue valve, which is failing now and the recovery period in this is faster when compared to a surgery. In this case, the individual was discharged on third day post procedure and is doing fairly well.


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