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    Excelcare successfully institutes ECMO in Northeast for first time

    The patient, a 49-year-old male from Rangiya presented with severe shortness of breath and Ascites, in an advanced stage of Heart Failure due to chronic Multivalvular Disease.

    Guwahati: The Department of Cardiac Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at Excelcare Hospital by Dr Manuj Kumar Saikia (chief cardiac surgeon), Dr Intekhab Alam (consult cardiac surgeon) have set a new benchmark in the standard of healthcare in the region by introducing the latest and most advanced form of therapy in Cardial Surgical Sciences by being the first among theHospitals in Assam & Northeast India, besides NEIGRIHMS.

    The patient, a 49-year-old male from Rangiya (Assam) presented with severe shortness of breath and Ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdomen), in an advanced stage of Heart Failure due to chronic Multivalvular Disease.

    His breathing became progressively laboured and started having fluid accumulation around the abdomen. He was immediately evaluated by the team of Cardiologists and after initial managementwas instituted, he was referred for immediate surgery. The patient made good recovery and was discharged on Tuesday.

    Dr Manuj Saikia said “This was a very challenging case as there was a very high risk of complications as the patient had heart failure (with low ejection fraction) along with high pressure in the arteries of the lung (severe pulmonary artery hypertension) with Ascites (water accumulation in the abdomen) and jaundice. However, we were able to successfully operate on the patient by instituting ECMO to support the failing ventricles after completion of the Triple Valve Operation (two valve replacement along with repair of another valve).”

    ECMO or Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation is a form of Advanced Life Support System, wherein patients with weak heart are supported on an artificial machine which takes over the complete function of the heart &lungs (oxygenates the blood, warms the blood &recirculates in the body to maintain adequate blood pressure).

    Dr Manuj Kumar Saikia concluded by saying “This facility in Excelcare Hospitals has not only opened up a new era in the treatment of critically ill patients in Assam and adjoining region but also raised the standard of treatment at par with National and International standards.”

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