Performs three successful complicated arterial surgeries within a month

Kauvery Hospital alerts on high risk arterial conditions

  • Aortic Dissection is a condition in which there is a tear in the aorta which is the major blood vessel arising from heart to supply the entire body.
  • 20% people with aortic dissection die before reaching a hospital
  • For those who reach the hospital, survival rate drops by about 1% every minute. Hardly 10% survive beyond 2weeks.

Chennai, 9th November 2020 :

  • Aortic Dissection – Cut or tear in the aortic blood vessel (largest artery carrying blood to other parts)
  • Symptoms – sudden severe chest pain or back pain, difficulty in breathing, loss of consciousness, weak pulse rate, paralysis of legs
  • Treatment- Early diagnosis and surgery.
  • Mortality Rate in people with Aortic Dissection- More than 50%

Aorta is the largest blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to other parts of the body. A tear or cut in this artery can lead to death, if not diagnosed and treated within few hours of discovering the symptoms. According to experts, 1 in 5 people with an aortic dissection (cut in the aorta) die before getting admitted to a hospital and the mortality rate among these people stands at more than 50%.

This being the scenario, Kauvery Hospital Chennai, one of the leading healthcare in Tamil Nadu performed three complex surgeries in the aorta within a month. All three patients were successfully treated and discharged within few days of surgery. “One of our patients was a 64-year-old woman. The initial diagnosis was done by Dr C Sundar, Senior Consultant Cardiologist who discovered the accumulation of blood around her heart through ECHO Cardiogram. Within two hours she was shifted for surgery since that was the only option to save her. The success and life saving measures depend on quick suspicions and diagnosis. The patient who was diabetic and hypertensive on irregular medications presented to our hospital with severe chest pain and hypertension with blood pressure at only 60. This made the treatment more complex,” said DrA.R Raghuram, Senior Consultant, Cardiac Surgeon.

Unlike other cardiac surgeries, Aortic dissection is a very complex procedure and not many health centers in Tamil Nadu or South of India are equipped with the right expertise and infrastructure. “Dissection of aorta is a technically challenging surgery and it needs the right expertise within the window period to see the success rate. The surgery on the 64-year-old woman was completed in 5 hours and within 6 days she was discharged,” added Dr A.R Raghuram.

The symptoms of an aortic dissection are similar to that of a heart attack where one can undergo sudden severe chest pain or back pain, difficulty in breathing, loss of consciousness, weak pulse rate, paralysis of legs etc. Hence it becomes imperative to get it diagnosed as early as possible. Other risk factors of an aortic dissection include Chronic Hypertension, Old age, weakened arteries & severe Chest pain etc. Normal ECG in a hypertensive patient should create suspicion of Aortic Dissection.

Speaking about the achievement Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director, Kauvery Hospital said “It is important to note that the ongoing pandemic has not stopped us from providing timely diagnosis and treatment. I congratulate cardiothoracic surgical team headed by Dr AR Raghuram for saving the patients from a life threatening situation”.

About Kauvery Hospital:

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 with a keen focus on delivering personalized and specialized health care with warmth.

Kauvery Hospitals is currently a 1200 bed hospital group with presence in Chennai, Trichy, Hosur, Salem Karaikudi& Bengaluru 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’. 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.