Teenager Treated for Rare Heart Problem

Published: 18th October 2015 03:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th October 2015 03:45 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD:An 18-year-old girl was successfully treated for Takayasu Arteritis (TA), a rare heart disease, at Sunshine Hospitals here.

Harika, who was suffering from Takayasu Arteritis hails from Nandikotkur in Kurnool district. She visited Government General Hospital at Kurnool for her problem. At Kurnool hospital, an angiogram showed that her arteries were blocked and was advised a bypass surgery. That’s when she approached Sunshine Hospitals in Secunderabad.

TA is also referred as pulseless disease as it can result in a weak pulse or loss of pulse in arms, legs and organs. Takayasu is rare disorder affecting perhaps one in 200,000 people with nine out of 10 patients being female. It can cause heart problems, high blood pressure and stroke too.

“Takayasu leads to inflammation in the walls of largest arteries in the body, the aorta and its main branches. The inflammation leads to narrowing of arteries and can reduce blood flow to many parts of the body. We decided to perform a Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty as patient is very young and opted for a drug eluting stent. Stenting was done successfully and now she is completely fine,’’ said Dr Vijay Kumar Reddy of the hosopital.

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