Ludhiana: A 24-year-old patient who presented to Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana in an almost terminal stage of his life because of a life threatening clot in his arteries between his heart and lungs was given a new lease of life by a team of doctors led by Dr Sandeep Chopra, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, said Vivan Singh Gill, Director Fortis Hospital Ludhiana.
According to Dr Chopra, this patient presented to the Hospital Emergency with a history of chest pain and breathlessness for two days. Assessing his condition to be critical in view of almost non recordable blood pressure, a very quick clinical analysis was done and he was diagnosed to have a large clot in the arteries between his heart and lungs which was completely blocking blood flow to the rest of his body.
Within a few minutes of his arrival in the hospital, his heart beat and breathing stopped, and he was started on CPR and artificial breathing was initiated via ventilator support. CPR was continued for almost 1 hour by a team of senior doctors including Dr Sandeep Chopra, Dr Vinay Singhal, Dr Amit Gupta, Dr Sheetal Garg and Dr VK Sharma.
While the CPR was going on, a special tube was delivered near his heart and a clot busting injection was infused via that, elaborated Dr Sandeep Chopra. This medication helped in breaking down the clot and establishing blood circulation. The patient gradually began showing signs of revival of his heart beat after an hour, but required very high doses of medicines to raise his blood pressure.
He remained on ventilator for two days after which his condition gradually improved. With excellent team effort involving specialised ICU care, the patient gradually improved and walked home in a healthy state after 10 days. Dr Sandeep Chopra emphasised that the early detection and immediate treatment initiation made the difference between life and death in this young man.
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