For the first time, doctors at the government-run Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in the Hanumakonda district of Telangana performed open-heart surgery on Wednesday, 28 September.
This is good news for the North Telangana region, where people have had to traditionally rely on private hospitals for such surgeries.
Their other option was to travel all the way to Hyderabad to undergo the surgery at a government hospital.
The procedure was performed on 31-year-old Vaddepalli Swapna, a resident of Godavarikhani of the Peddapalli district.
She was admitted to the hospital on 8 September. and was found to have an atrial septal defect (ASD).
Under the supervision of MGM Hospital Superintendent Dr V Chandrashekhar, cardiac surgeons conducted intra-cardiac repair of the ASD and saved the patient’s life.
Chandrashekhar told South First that the surgery was a milestone for the MGM Hospital.
“As it was open-heart surgery, we stopped the heartbeat for 29 minutes with the help of a heart-lung bypass machine. and performed the ASD pericardial patchy procedure,” he said.
“Thus the ability to perform coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) and other heart bypass surgeries at MGM improved, and will be helpful for the needy and poor patients as they don’t have to go to the corporate hospital for undergoing these procedures,” added the doctor.
The state’s Health Minister T Harish Rao also praised the staff of MGM Hospital.
“Kudos to the healthcare staff. In an endorsement of futuristic planning and providing visionary healthcare to people, by Hon’ble #CMKCR Garu, first-ever open heart surgery in Govt Hospitals outside Hyderabad was performed in MGM Hospital, Warangal, [sic]” tweeted T Harish Rao.
Kudos to the healthcare staff ?
In an endorsement of futuristic planning and providing visionary healthcare to people, by Hon’ble #CMKCR Garu, the first-ever open heart surgery in Govt Hospitals outside Hyderabad was performed in MGM Hospital, Warangal. pic.twitter.com/hF7DHgDE3A
— Harish Rao Thanneeru (@trsharish) September 28, 2022
MGM Hospital is a super speciality hospital in Hanumakonda, and the oldest and biggest government hospital in North Telangana. It caters to patients from the erstwhile Warangal and neighbouring districts.
World Heart Day
Meanwhile, people across the globe are observing World Heart Day on Thursday, 29 September, to spread awareness of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), including heart disease and stroke.
The day highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD.
More people die from CVD worldwide than from any other cause. The number is over 18.6 million every year.
Of these deaths, 85 percent are due to coronary heart diseases (e.g heart attacks) and cerebrovascular diseases (e.g. strokes) and mostly affect low- and middle-income countries.
There are many risk factors associated with coronary heart disease and stroke. Some risk factors, such as family history, cannot be modified, while other risk factors, like high blood pressure, can be modified with treatment.
Cardiologists say that the management of heart conditions requires regular health checkups and timely interventions.
Healthy exercise of 30 minutes of moderate intensity for five days a week is one of the best ways to keep the heart healthy.
#WorldHeartDay : India’s top #cardiologist Dr Devi Shetty talks about test which every Indian post 40 years should do atleast once in 10 years. He also says recent celeb deaths could have been prevented by doing this test.
— South First (@TheSouthfirst) September 29, 2022