PUDUCHERRY: Cardiologists at Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital and Post Graduate Institute (IGGGH&PGI) have successfully closed a hole in the heart of a 41-year-old woman without surgery through a sophisticated procedure.
Director of Health and Family welfare, Dr K V Raman said that assisted by experts from JIPMER, the cardiologists had taken up the procedure on a woman who had complaints of breathlessness and chest pain due to the hole in the heart since her birth.
The procedure, ‘Atrial Septal Defect Closure’ was done percutaneously without an open heart surgery.
An umbrella shaped device made of an alloy called Nitinol was passed through a long tube inserted into the heart from the thigh and using X-ray and echicardiography guidance deployed in the hole in the heart. The patient was conscious during the procedure and was discharged from the hospital after a few days. She had fully recovered in a week to resume normal activities. The procedure, which costs more than `1 lakh in a private hospital, was done free of charges.
Stating that the cardiology department was fully equipped, Raman said specialists were routinely doing advanced treatment for palpitations (fast beating of heart), the procedure called Electro Physiology Study (EPS)and Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA).
IGGGH&PGI is one of the few hospitals in the government sector offering such services to patients, he said.
Renal denervation for drug resistant hypertension was also done on a few patients. Coronary angiogram and angioplasty with drug eluting stent is routinely done in the cardiology department on all week days. Besides, patients with heart block undergo permanent pacemaker (single as well as duel chamber) in the hospital. Since the introduction of Cathlab, so far 4,400 procedures have been done.