A 34 year old patient with an unstable angina who was referred in for a bypass surgery alternatively underwent a simple keyhole angioplasty at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai. The procedure was completed in just 20 minutes.
"The coronary angiogram taken at her native place revealed a 90 per cent critical narrowing of the left main coronary artery (LMCA), the main arterial trunk supplying the majority of the heart muscle due to high cholesterol levels. After discussing the options in detail, the patient opted for a non-surgical- keyhole angioplasty procedure. The procedure took just 20 minutes, the family and the patient were thrilled at the quick outcome, "said Dr. Y. Vijayachandra Reddy, senior Consultant and Interventional Cardiologist, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai who conducted the procedure.
Dr.Reddy added, "The use of advanced techniques, new generation drug eluting stents and adjunctive imaging technology of IVUS (intravascular ultrasound) which allows a virtual view of the inside of arteries has helped make these procedures simple."