Gleneagles Hospitals, successfully treats a Russian citizen suffering from Atrial Fibrillation

Bangalore, June 8, 2018: Gleneagles Global Hospitals, a part of Parkway Pantai, successfully performed Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA), a novel therapy in the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. This method was used to treat the condition in a 67 year old Russian citizen.

Mr VitalliSedonov, 67 years, presented with complaints of recurrent palpitation. This wasa noticeably rapid and irregular heartbeat. He was found to be suffering fromAtrial Fibrillation. This condition occurs when the heart beats irregularly dueto an electrical disturbance in the upper chambers of the heart. There areinnumerable causes of atrial fibrillation. Coronary artery disease, chronichypertension and valvular heart disease are the most common causes of AtrialFibrillation. 

Patientsusually experience unpleasant palpitations or irregularity of theheartbeat along with mild chest discomfort (sensation of tightness) orpain, sense of the heart racing, light-headedness, mildshortness of breath and fatigue that limit the ability to exercise. Patientssuffering from Atrial Fibrillation are at risk of developing stroke due to clotformation in the upper chamber of the heart due to sluggish blood flow. 

Mr Vitallihad visited multiple cardiologists and was on various medications to controlthe heart rate.  Unfortunately, the medications did not provide any relieffor his symptoms. At this stage, he consulted with the doctors at GleneaglesGlobal Hospitals, Richmond Road. He was then recommended a RFA procedure totreat this condition.            

Theoperation took place in late December 2017 and lasted just about 2 hours. Afterjust a day’s rest, Mr Vitalli was discharged. This short recovery period is anadded advantage to this method. At present, Mr Vitalli is doing well and iscompletely devoid of Atrial Fibrillation. 

Dr YogeshKothari, Senior Interventional Cardiologist and ElectrophysiologistGleneagles GlobalHospitals, Richmond Road commented on the case “Atrial Fibrillation isa common arrhythmia that can have serious implications on the patients’ health.Radio Frequency Ablation offers complete and permanent cure of this problem. Itis a complex procedure which is completely safe if done by an experienced andskilled operator"  

RFA involvesisolation of the electric connection of the upper chambers from the lowerchambers of the heart. Risks include perforation of the left atrial appendageor the posterior wall. There is also a chance of creating a connection betweenthe heart and the food pipe, which can be fatal. In RFA procedure, the doctorintroduces sheaths (electrical wires) into the left atrium through a small holein the thigh and records the abnormal electric voltages and maps the leftatrium voltages using 3D mapping technology. They then use radio frequencyenergy to isolate the four pulmonary veins from where usually the abnormalelectric current flows. 

Thisprocedure is still fairly new; yet, three such cases have been successfullycarried out at Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Richmond Road. The team of doctorshere include senior electrophysiologists who are well versed in the treatmentof such complex arrhythmias. 

ShailajaSuresh, CEO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru added “Gleneagles GlobalHospitals has a remarkable cardio program run by a highly skilled team ofcardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons.  Our interventional cardiologyteam is up-to-date and qualified to perform the latest innovative procedures,helping patients who are not fit for conventional surgical procedures. Theyhave a wealth of experience and expertise in all cardiac procedures. Our teamis capable of handling the full spectrum of adult and paediatric heart relatedailments and surgery.”

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