“Every breath that I was taking, felt like my last. My entire life flashed in front my eyes within seconds. When I lost consciousness, I felt that my time had come, but soon I opened my eyes again – this time I could breathe free and easy. I couldn’t thank my luck and my saviour enough.”
These are the words scribbled in the personal diary of Mr Lakshman, a 60 years old Government employee who started to experience sudden breathlessness and chest pain. “I felt as though something heavy was kept on my chest. My heart started to first beat fast and slowly every beat became painful,” shares Lakshman.
Diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction or heart attack at a local hospital, it was recommended that he visits a specialised centre immediately. But for Lakshman and his family members every decision had high stakes – time, money, distance and the fainting heart beat.
After recommendations of a senior doctor of the village, Lakshman was taken to Paras Global Hospital, Darbhanga , instead of being taken to Patna or Ranchi. ” This was a tough decision as we were going against the popular notion of travelling to the capital of Bihar for specialized treatment. The local physician explained that the hospital is well equipped that taking my father there would result in saving time. Also he stressed that here every minute was of essence,” shares Lakshman’s son.
As soon as Lakshman and his family members arrived at Paras Darbhanga – the first multi super specialty hospital of the region, a team of cardiologists and critical care specialists were ready to receive and treat the patient.
Paras Darbhanga is also the first hospital in the region to provide 24X7 emergency care.
According to Dr. Jyoti Karn, Consultant Cardiology, Paras Darbhanga, ” Lakshman came as a cardiac emergency case. He had suffered a heart attack and was experiencing breathlessness along with acute pain. Moreover we detected a slow heart rate – The heart was losing its strength. Post consent from the family we immediately stabilised the patient and implanted a temporary pacemaker. Such a procedure is done at specialized cardiac care centers in the country only. After the procedure, Lakshman’s heart got the support from the machine to send electrical impulses and contract and expand to generate blood flow. We then decided to do an angiography to understand the real reason of the cardiac incident.”
He adds, ” The angiography revealed that the left anterior descending artery of the heart had 100% blockage. An angiography is regarded as the Brahmastra for cardiologists. It scans the heart with a dye and the blockages of the heart can be easily detected by specialists. The number of blockages, location and the severity help in deciding the treatment plan for the patient. We recommended an angioplasty (stenting operation) to Lakshman to ensure that the blockage can be opened so that his heart could beat independently again.”
Post counselling the patient and the family members were ready. A 30 minute procedure provided the right treatment to Lakshman and made him able to breathe again easily.
Post hospitalisation of 2 days post procedure, Lakshman was fit to leave. “I couldn’t believe it that I was able to survive such a fatal heart attack. My family had decided to take me to Patna, anything could have happened to me mid way. The right treatment from the right specialist and the best hospital ensured that I get a new lease of life. I thank Paras Darbhanga and Dr. Jyoti for fighting along side me with death itself.”