18-Year-Old From Chennai Becomes India's Youngest Patient To Be Fitted With A Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (S-ICD)
Kauvery Hospital sets up India's
first dedicated 'Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention Programme' at its Chennai Unit
8th January 2019, Chennai: The team of cardiac
experts at Kauvery Hospital's Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention
Programme (SCDPP), Chennai led by Dr. A B Gopalamurugan, Senior Consultant
Interventional Cardiologist and Chief of Electrophysiology and SCDPP, successfully
implanted a Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (S-ICD)* in an
18-year-old boy from Chennai - the youngest patient in India to be fitted with
the device, thereby preventing sudden cardiac death in this young boy who was
found to be at high risk at SCDPP at Kauvery.
Doctors at Kauvery Hospital
saved the life of the 18-year-old boy who had an episode of loss of
consciousness leading to significant head injury. He was assessed in other
leading hospitals before being correctly diagnosed at Kauvery Hospital for
assessment. Through a protocoled approach, he was assessed at the SCDPP at
Kauvery Hospital where he was discovered to have a life-threatening heart electrical
condition called arrhythmia which needed immediate intervention. It was indeed
the lethal arrhythmia that caused the loss of consciousness ion that young boy.
His health condition could cause electrical problems in the heart which might
lead to sudden cardiac death, and the best way to prevent this is with an ICD which
will help regulate his heart.
"Conventionally, these defibrillators which are well known to prevent death from heart electrical problems have been fitted
only inside the body, which is inside the vascular system, through an
operation. But this comes with its own problems, because the device is within
the blood vessel and heart during the entire life span of the patient and places
the patient at high risk of infection, reoperation, device extraction risks
and radiation" explained Dr. A B Gopalamurugan
who led the surgery. "In the case of the
18-year-old boy, rather than the normal ICD, which utilizes wire leads inserted
directly into the heart through a large vein, we used the S-ICD system which
was implanted not inside his chest, but outside the chest wall cavity just
under the skin. Which means that the young boy is not going to be put through
the risk of infection and recurrent invasive surgeries or heart injury, but
still gets the benefit of the defibrillator that saves his life."
The 18-year-old boy and his family are extremely glad that what
was deemed a life-threatening condition has now been treated and more
importantly able to have a normal quality of life with the best treatment currently available
anywhere in the world.
"We are proud to have achieved the landmark of
completing the defibrillator implant on India's youngest recipient and also
South India's first Subcutaneous ICD device. This
case is yet another fine example of how Kauvery Hospital is fast emerging as a
preferred destination for cardiac care, particularly for performing complicated
world class implants such as the S-ICD," said Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive
director, Kauvery Hospitals. "At Kauvery, we have a
dedicated 'Sudden Cardiac Death Prevention Programme' with renowned specialists
who have a wealth of experience in dealing with patients who have a family
history of sudden cardiac death or anyone who have suffered an episode of loss
of consciousness or anyone who us diagnosed of an abnormal heart. They can go
through an extensive internationally acclaimed screening program and find the
right treatment at Kauvery Hospital."
*The ICD is a small electronic device connected to the heart, used to continuously
monitor and help regulate potentially fast and life-threatening electrical
problems within the heart.
Kauvery Hospitals is 'A new Age Family
Hospital' with Multi Specialty Clinical Expertise and a pioneer in the "healthcare
Provider" industry, making healthcare affordable. Kauvery is one of the few
corporate hospital chains to successfully integrate operations into Tier 1
cities after launching into Tier 2 cities. It is also one of the few hospitals
founded by Medical experts and managed by business professionals with a keen
focus on delivering personalised and specialised health care with warmth.
Kauvery Hospitals is currently a 1200
bed hospital group with presence in Chennai, Trichy, Hosur and Salem in
addition to planned entry in new markets.
Apart from having diverse Multispecialty
tertiary care expertise, Kauvery Hospitals house one of three 'Cardiac Centres
of Excellence in South India' and the only one in Tiruchirappalli (Trichy).
In today's times where the healthcare
industry is more and more commoditized, Kauvery Hospitals stands tall with its
promise of making medical expertise and technology truly affordable with
empathy and care at every stage of a person's healthcare needs.