A 61 year old heart failure patient when investigated at Sir Ganga Ram hospital, New Delhi, was found to have chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) , a life threatening and extreemly difficult disease to treat. On further investigation he was diagnosed with not one, but three major life threatening conditions. In addition to the large blood clot in the vessels that supply the right lung (CTEPH), a leaky mitral valve (one of the two in the heart) and a blocked artery that normally supplies the left side of the heart, was also found.
“This modern treatment for CTEPH is inherently complex – not just the operation but the entire recovery process is fraught with danger, we are one of the only centers in the northern part of the country capable of performing it; and then on top of that, we had to do a mitral valve replacement and a bypass surgery all at the same time.” – Dr. Sujay Shad
The surgery was performed on the 28th Feb 2014, and the 7 hour long operation went smoothly, without the need for transfusing even a single unit of blood.