Mr Surender Nath says it with confidence, “I have defeated death 4 times.” A conversation with the 79 yrs old heart patient from Kidwaipuri, Patna makes you believe that age is just a number. His life has been riddled with a number of hospital visits and near death experiences. A former Administrative Service officer in the Bihar state government, Surender started to develop heart issues in 2001. Due to unavailability of specialized cardiac care services in Bihar, his family took him to New Delhi for the recommended bypass surgery. “ There was no hospital in the entire state where you could be certain that your procedure would be safe and successful. Everyone had to travel to New Delhi for every major treatment, be it cancer, heart disease or just a joint replacement,” shares Surender Nath.
Post surgery he maintained a healthy lifestyle and remained fit, however in 2015 he started to experience breathlessness. According to Mr. Surender’s son, “It was all so fast. He became breathless and was gasping. We rushed him to Paras Patna where he was admitted for severe heart failure. In the hospital he had two episodes of very fast heart rate leading to cardiac arrest. The doctors successfully revived him by giving him electrical shocks. We thought we have lost him, but thanks to the experts at Paras Patna, my father came back out of adversity.”
According to Dr Pramod, HOD Cardiology, Paras HMRI Hospital, Patna, “Examinations revealed that Surender had a pacemaker in his heart – a small device that controls abnormal heart rhythms and uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at normal rate. Pacemakers are used to treat arrhythmias- abnormal heart beat or heart rhythm. Surender suffered from two episodes of Ventricular Tachy Cardia- a condition in which the heart starts to beat very fast, leading to cardiac arrest. His heart was revived through shock therapy. It was concluded that he needed an up gradation of the pacemaker. His earlier implant was a simple double chambered one which had to be replaced with a complex triple chamber automatic defibrillator (CRTD).”
He further states that, “Triple-chambered pacemakers are specialized and advanced implants that have three pacing leads, two for each ventricle and one to an atrium – the chambers of the heart. Typically, triple-chambered pacemakers are reserved for patients with congestive heart failure, a condition that arises when the heart experiences difficulty performing its most basic function, pumping blood. These devices help improve blood flow through the heart by properly syncing the ventricles. In Bihar no other hospital has the medical expertise to perform this procedure successfully.”
After Surender’s family came to know that medical expertise is available in Paras Patna ,they agreed to go ahead with the implantation. “ We were making plans to get our father airlifted to New Delhi for treatment. The assurance that he can be treated at home gave us so much of strength. Who would want to go to a place far away from home in distress? Thanks to Paras our father could be near his loved ones during his treatment and recovery,” shares Surender’s son.
Post the pacemaker, Surender has been discharged and is expected to come see Dr Pramod for a follow up visit next week. You ask him how he feels; he says “I have become a believer in miracles. A miracle saved my life and another ensured that the ailing in Bihar can get the best treatment at home.”