Heart Attack patient undergoes rare lifesaving procedure usually used for dissolving Kidney Stones

 

  • A sixty-eight-year-old Indian man undergoes rare life saving procedure after 90% arterial calcified blockage
  • Intravascular lithotripsy opens the door for some difficult heart cases with a safer device as compared to other artery drilling services in the UAE

 

Dubai – 17 September 2020 – A 68-year-old Indian man suffered a severe heart attack on early this September.  After being rushed to a nearby hospital, the doctors discovered a 90% arterial blockage and recommended coronary bypass surgery.  However due to his comorbidities the doctors declined angioplasty as deemed too risky in their opinion.

The patient was transferred to Al Zahra Hospital Dubai where the Cardiology team assess the patient and concluded that he can be managed equally well without   bypass surgery.

“I was not mentally ready to go for a bypass surgery especially after the doctors informed me of the risks associated with my condition.  I also knew that if something was not done urgently, I would have not survived. I am grateful to the doctors and everything they have done for me. I owe them my life” – Mr. Jayseena

In an attempt to save his life, the Interventional Cardiology team at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai performed a procedure called Lithotripsy, a time-tested technique for kidney stones in practice for more than 3 decades.   A modified miniaturized delivery system mounted in a coronary balloon catheter is available in UAE, after trials in the west.  Dr. Rajeev Lochan, Dr. Behrad Elahi and Dr. Amer Sherif, leading Cardiologists at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai, performed this procedure using a catheter for opening a 3 cm long calcified severe block/narrowing in heart artery successfully.  Intra Vascular Lithotripsy (IVL) shockwave therapy cracked open the calcification solid like a rock, making a way a long stent.  Further testing like Echocardiograms confirmed no damage to heart functioning post procedure.

“This novel technique not used very often, was painless, the patient was fully awake communicating with the medical staff around him, while a catheter was inserted in his heart arteries and shockwaves are used to break the calcifications. We had a complete team of cardiology experts assist this procedure from nurses to doctors and technicians all holding significant cardiology training and experience.”

Mr. Jayseena had recovered quickly.  He felt comfortable enough to go out same day, but he was kept for monitoring and observation for 2 days and then discharged. His family and he were relieved of stress of going through major heart surgery.

 

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Al Zahra Hospital Dubai

Al Zahra Hospital Dubai – is a leading healthcare provider in the UAE and a milestone in the country’s healthcare sector, with the brand braking ground in 1975, as the first private healthcare provider. The hospital is located in Dubai, on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha, catering to local and international patients through over 250 Doctors and more than 40 medical specialties. Accredited by the Joint Commission International, the hospital holds various distinguished credentials, with centers of excellence in Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery, Heart Attack Center and more.

Dedicated to delivering world class healthcare, the hospital is a leader in implementing technological advancements and medical practices, housing the region’s first advanced 3Teasla MRI & the first private Hyperbaric Oxygenation Chamber. In 2016, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai was the first hospital to introduce water birthing to Dubai.

In 2020, the hospital received two JCI accreditations for the Breast Cancer and Heart Attack centers.

Some of the most sought-after services at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai include- Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Spine Surgery, Joint Replacement, Interventional Medicine, Maternity, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Internal Medicine & more.