A person who is suffering from cardiac arrhythmia contemplated suicide three months ago. After he was implanted with a device during surgery in 2014, his heart had to go through around 60 to 70 shocks of 40 joules per month. Annoyed and no longer able to put up with the pain, he requested doctors from Sassoon Hospital to stop this surgical intervention and let him die instead.
As a solution to this problem, doctors at Sassoon Hospital used a recently developed interventional technique called radiofrequency ablation to help with the arrhythmia and to cure the defect. Post this intervention, the patient has not suffered through a single irregular heartbeat.
In 2014, Tanaji Bhosale had undergone a surgery after which an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a device that detects abnormal heartbeats was inserted in his heart. Whenever he had an abnormal heartbeat, the device used to quickly send electrical shocks to the heart and this used to normalise the heartbeat.
An ICD is placed in people who are at a high risk of sudden cardiac death from an abnormal heart rhythm that is life threatening. The patient underwent a treatment at a private hospital in Pune which had then put an ICD in his heart in 2014, as the radiofrequency ablation method was not widely known in Pune at that time.
“I suffered a lot due to all those electrical shocks for the past three years. I wanted to get rid of this device and I requested doctors at Sassoon Hospital to take it out. I did not worry about dying as I did not want to live with pain anymore. Now after three months of the corrective surgery, I have not had any irregular heartbeat and I am living a happy life,” said 65-year-old Pune resident Tanaji.
Dr Rajkumar Mantrawadi, Cardio Electro Physiologist, a private practitioner in Pune and who along with a team of doctors at Sassoon performed the surgery, said, “The technique of radiofrequency ablation of arrhythmia is relatively newer technology not widely available in India. ICD does not prevent the irregular heartbeat but with the use of radio frequency it can be cured completely.”
Dr Hemant Kokane, cardiologist from Sassoon, said, “Such type of case was reported for the first time in Sassoon. With this new technique we destroyed those areas of heart tissue that is causing irregular heartbeat. The surgical process went on for five hours. The patient is now asked for the follow ups. He has not seen any heartbeat irregularity post our intervention.”
An ICD is placed in people who are at high risk of sudden cardiac death from an abnormal heart rhythm that is life threatening. The patient underwent a treatment at one of the private hospital in Pune which had then put ICD in his heart in 2014, as the radiofrequency ablation method was not widely known in Pune at that time. “It is risky to take out ICD. We have put it on standby mode now so that its functioning stops,” said Kokane.