Advanced Non-surgical treatment of valve disease saves 72 year-old
About the Patient and condition
A 72-year-old male was brought to Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai after having experienced breathlessness for over four months and developing swelling in his legs.
On examination of the patient, it was found that he had suffered from a heart failure due to narrowing of his aortic valve. In addition to that, he was also suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and had an acute kidney injury. Having suffered from the blockage before, the patient had undergone an open heart surgery 7 years ago that temporarily brought him relief; but now he was inoperable. The declining state of his kidney and lung function, as well as his heart’s decreasing ability to pump blood made successful surgical intervention extremely difficult.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, Consultant Cardiology, assisted by a team of experts, successfully performed TAVR procedure on the patient and discharged him within a few days.
As we age, our body and its organs start to deteriorate and the heart is no exception. While the development of heart disease at an early age is unfortunate, its course of treatment is often uncomplicated. With the advancement of age in cardiac patients, many treatment options that involve surgery, are often considered high-risk. TAVR or TAVI is a game changer in cardiac science; prior to TAVI, most patients needing valve replacement, regardless of their age and health conditions, had to undergo an open heart surgery.
Expertise at Apollo Hospitals
In cases like this the common course of treatment often involves open heart surgery but the patient’s condition made it a high-risk option. There are multiple factors that can make a patient a poor candidate for the surgery; in this case however, there were several of them.
Fortunately, an advanced procedure known as Transcatheter aortic valve implantation or TAVI comes to the rescue. In conventional open heart surgery, the chest cavity needs to be opened by cutting through the sternum to allow the surgeon to operate on the heart, TAVR or TAVI is a non-surgical technique where heart valves are replaced via needle-puncture of the skin, rather than a scalpel. Untreated valve disease can lead to a shortened lifespan and TAVI is changing that. So far, the success rate of this procedure in India is around 95%.
Apollo Hospitals – Touching Lives
With the introduction of this minimally invasive procedure and its decreased risk factors, Apollo Hospital has saved many lives and helped them lead a healthy life despite having suffered from valve disease. For this reason, TAVI performed by our experts is getting increasingly popular among patients who are at high risk for surgery, giving them a second chance at life.
Patients was discharged with satisfaction and has vowed to recommend Apollo Hospitals to all.