The Advanced Cardiac Centre of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has given a new lease of life to an elderly patient. The doctors at PGI has installed two stents in a 103-year-old heart patient.
According to the institute’s official statement, the patient was the oldest to have undergone the procedure in the history of the institute.
The patient was admitted to the hospital after he complained of acute chest pain. “We diagnosed two critical blockages in the patient’s cardiac blood vessels. Angioplasty at an advanced age is a high-risk procedure because the blockages become extremely hard with age and the blood vessels of patients become friable. Moreover, at such an age patient have some degree of renal dysfunction and hence the procedure has to be performed with extreme care,” said Assistant professor Dr Himanshu Gupta who performed the angioplasty. He also added that the angioplasty was successful and stents were installed in both his blockages in the same sitting. The procedure was supervised by the department of cardiology head professor Yash Paul Sharma. “It is a rare feat for the department and the cardiology fraternity on the whole. It is a matter of pride that our department is equipped to handle such complex cases,” he said. The patient was discharged after two days.

Source: Hindustan Times.

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