Hyderabad: A team of cardiologists led by Dr Karunakar Rapolu, consultant cardiologist, Apollo Hospitals, performed a complex interventional procedure using Impella, IVL and OCT on an extremely critical 61-year-old patient.
According to a press release, the patient had 90 per cent blockage due to high calcium deposit in the left main vessel, which was jeopardizing the blood supply to already severely weakened heart. A preliminary medical evaluation found him unsuitable for a bypass surgery, due to his past history of coronary artery disease and having undergone an angioplasty three years ago.
The patient presented with excruciating chest pain and symptoms of severely restricted blood flow to the heart due to calcification of the largest coronary artery, the Left Anterior Descending Artery (LAD).
During angiogram to assess the extent of heart damage, he developed dysfunction of the left ventricular heart chamber leading to sparse supply of blood to the vital organs and potential damage of those if not acted instantaneously.
The medical team narrowed down on performing a CHIP Intervention (Complex High risk Indicated Procedure) along with an Impella Heart Pump. CHIP Intervention is a highly critical procedure performed for immediate restoring of blood supply in the circulation system, while Impella replicates the work done by left ventricle, helps suck the oxygenated blood from the left ventricle and pumps it to the circulatory system.
The procedure took four and half hours, patient was moved out of ICU after 24 hours of the procedure. He has since recovered and was discharged, the press release added.
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