A wait at the OPD proves to be a boon

More than 100 cardiac arrest and 150 shocks help save a man in Thane, whose one hour wait outside doctor’s OPD proves to be a turning point of his life

 A wait at the OPD proves to be a boon

Waiting is not a very comfortable option for most people, especially if it’s outside the out-patient department (OPD). For a top banker in Thane, this wait turned out to be a life-altering boon about two months ago.

S Prakash
S Prakash

S Prakash (51 years) went for a routine consultation to Dr. Vijay Surase, Cardiologist, in Jupiter Hospital, Thane. He complained of breathlessness and high pulse-rate. After waiting outside the OPD, most of us would tend to leave, considering it a routine consultation. But fortunately, Prakash decided to wait till his turn when Dr. Surase walked past him noticing that Prakash’s precipitating was far beyond normal.

Dr. Surase examined him the moment he fainted. “An immediate ECG on him revealed that he had Ventricular Tachycardia (VT),” explained Dr. Surase.

VT is an electrical disorder that is related to rising pulse rate and unconsciousness due to low blood pressure. Repeated shocks in order to minimize his pulse rate seemed futile. “Prakash’s BP was low that is 70. He was then put on necessary medication.”

Dr. Vijay Surase, Cardiologist, Jupiter Hospital, thane
Dr. Vijay Surase, Cardiologist, Jupiter Hospital, thane

When none of the treatments seemed to help the patient, an implantation was done on him. Automatic Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) implants are commonly done to monitor heart beats. “AICD was implanted on Prakash on June 5th.  He continued to have VT. Luckily, the VT episodes gradually reduced and he was off ventilator. Prakash was still given shocks, from AICD, even after optimising his drugs,” explained Dr Surase.

S Prakash who is on the road to recovery, stated that “I am fine now and the symptoms haven’t showed up again. “My ICD reading is normal and I cannot do any strenuous activities. But I do my daily chores. I am monitoring my weight and I avoid oil and sweets. I hope to resume work from 1 St August.

Prakash was discharged on June 18 with his heart pumping improvement upto 45% and his angiography revealed clean coronaries and a structurally normal heart. “Prakash underwent more than 150 shocks, which is way more than a normal count and he is on high dose of beta blockers. Though, he is VT and shock free now,” said Dr. Surase.