- While cardiac procedures are expensive at private medical facilities, the recently created cathlab at Sassoon General Hospital has been a boon to needy people suffering from severe heart ailments.
- The facility has undertaken 1,000 cardiac procedures in the last one and half years after it was renovated with latest facilities.
Authorities said that the procedures included 616 angiographies, 207 angioplasty, which involves removing the blockage of heart with coronary stents.
Dr Shashilkala Sangle, who is in charge of the cathlab, said, “Around 50 patients of arrhythmias were treated by EP study and radiofrequency ablation with 3D mapping, 22 patients of pacemakers, 18 balloon mitral valvoltomy procedures for stenosis of valves and over 30 holes in heart, that is ASD and PDA procedures were done. In addition to this, over 15,000 echocardiography were done in the lab.”
Dr Hemant Kokane, cardiologist said, “The above procedures were done under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY) scheme which makes all these procedures free to the patients. The same procedures usually cost between Rs 80,000 to Rs 4 lakhs in private medical establishments.”
Dr Sidharth Gadage paediatric cardiologist said, “In the year 2017, about 30 children with congenital defects were operated with device closure thereby avoiding open heart surgery.”
He also mentioned that around 300 paediatric and Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) babies have undergone echocardiography here in the lab.