31-year-old Kriti, a resident of Rohini in Delhi, was suffering from chronic case of cardiac ailments since past four years. It was in the last week of April when her condition deteriorated severely, and she required an urgent open-heart surgery.
When she was brought in for treatment on 30th April, she was experiencing breathlessness and irregular heartbeats. After ECHO procedure it was discovered that she had a severe leakage in one of the ascending aorta in her heart (the aorta plays an important role of carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart to every part of the body) and the size of her heart had expanded abnormally.
The Cardiology and Cardio Thoracic team at Indraprastha Apollo, led by Dr Rajeev Kumar Rajput and Dr Mukesh Goel, conducted a high-risk Open-Heart Surgery with the Bentall Procedure that involved replacement of the ruptured valve.
Dr Rajeev Kumar Rajput, Senior Consultant, Interventional Cardiology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals said,” This condition is called as the Bicuspid Aortic Valve, where the aorta expands upto 5 cms and causes severe leakage, impacting the smooth flow of oxygen rich blood to the other organs of the body . If not treated timely, this condition can be catastrophic and life threatening because of dissection and rupture of aorta.”
“Cardiovascular diseases are on an all-time high in India because of poor lifestyle, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and also the ageing population and increased life expectancy. The aging process itself affects the cardiovascular system, thus we need to take care of our heart health proactively to lead a healthier life in the older age”, he further added.
Dr Mukesh Goel, Senior Consultant, Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals said,” In an 8-hour long procedure we conducted an Open-Heart Surgery and did a Bentall procedure. A Bentall surgery is used to rectify problems with the aorta, it replaces the damaged aorta and re-implants coronary arteries into the graft. Post-surgery the patient also experienced a blockage in her heart, for which a pacemaker was implanted.”
“After recovering successfully in the CTVS ICU for nine days, the patient was discharged on 10th May. She will be able to lead a normal life with periodic monitoring and care”, he further added.
“Initially we were apprehensive of getting the operation done because of the fear of COVID 19, but Indraprastha Apollo has a separate Non COVID area with teams that ensured absolute hygiene was
maintained all infection control measures. We would like to also thank the nursing team for taking care of me round the clock with absolute empathy,” said the patient.