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55-Year-Old Saved from a Life Threatening Condition of a Sudden Cardiac Rupture at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital

  • Vinod Kumar, a 55-year-old accountant, suddenly fell unconscious in his office on December 25.
  • His colleagues immediately hastened him to Indraprastha Apollo Hospital where the doctors diagnosed that his heart has undergone a sudden rupture.
  • It is a lethal complication that occurs in only 1 - 2 per cent of patients experiencing a cardiac arrest.
  • With a clean cardiac history and ECG ruling out all possibilities of a heart attack, Kumar did feel weak and feverish a few days before the collapse.
  • Dr. Mukesh Goel, senior consultant, Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgeon at the hospital explained that accumulation of thick fluid pressing against the heart was prominent in the echocardiogram.   
  • The doctors, therefore, planned to open the percardium of his heart to flush out the fluid.
  • But during the procedure, they found that it was not fluid but clots of blood along with fresh blood that gushed out of his heart.
  • It was then that they discovered that Kumar had sustained a cardiac wound that eventually led to the fatal condition of blood loss and compression.
  • Immediately after he was put on the Heart - Lung machine and the doctors started to inspect his heart only to find an inch long wound on the back of the left ventricle.
  • By injecting pottasium his heart was stopped and the wound was duly repaired.
  • Kumar has steadily recovered after the surgery. 


Source: Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Media Update


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