Doctors at a city hospital saved a patient from Kolkata who was suffering from a rare condition of heart called Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD), which is life-threatening. According to the doctors, the patient, Tapan Kumar, suffered from a rare condition in which his heart beat less than 35 per cent of the normal rhythm. He had undergone three implants but his body was not accepting any foreign part going through his heart, putting him at grave risk.
Chairman and Head of Cardiology, B.L.K. Super Speciality Hospital, Dr. Subhash Chandra, said, “Tapan was exposed to massive risk and doctors were not able to understand why his body was rejecting the device. He was getting shock treatment through automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD). However, the device was inserted thrice through the veins and placed in the heart, but his body refused it each time.”
The patient was brought to the hospital in critical condition with wounds on both sides of his shoulder in October last week. He was kept under observation initially for a week. “The AICD device was then taken out of his body and replaced with sub-cutaneousimplantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD),” added Dr Chandra.
He said the patient’s body accepted the device the fourth time, and was kept under his left armpit. Another longitudinal electrode was implanted by a subcutaneous tunnel over the breast bone.
S-ICD is the latest technology for heart patients with chaotic rhythm condition. The device is programmed to monitor the heart rhythm.
The electrical current travels between these two points to revert back heart’s chaotic rhythms in the event of life threatening ventricular tachycardia.
S-ICD is latest technology for heart patients with chaotic rhythm condition. The device is programmed to monitor the heart rhythm by giving heart a shock if the patient starts having life threatening abnormally high heart rate.
Patients had got AICD implantation done thrice at different hospitals in Kolkata. Firstly, it was placed at the right side, however, the body did not accept this device and was ejected after 8 months causing severe infection. Second time, the device was put at the left side under the collar bone, but the devise was again rejected and came out after 6 months. Third time, doctors again transplanted the device but it got rejected. Dr Chandra assured that patient will be fine and will need periodic review.