Rare heart surgery performed at VPS Lakeshore to remove blood clots and blocks

Rare heart surgery performed at VPS Lakeshore to remove blood clots and blocks
17
Jul

Mohammed Ibrahim, 45, a native of Manjeswaram was brought to VPS Lakeshore Hospital with 4 blood clots and a block the size of a lemon in heart's main chamber, after suffering a heart attack in Saudi Arabia. A rare and complex 2 hours and 35 minutes surgery was performed on him by Dr. Moosa Kunhi – Senior Consultant and HOD, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, to remove the clots and blocks. The heart was kept in the heart lung machine for 4 hours and 15 minutes. The blood clot was completely removed in the operation and four bypass operations were also done.The patient has been fast recovering and will be discharged in a few days.

“Developing blood clot inside the heart is a very rare complication and it is seen only in less than one per cent of heart attack cases. It is a grave situation as the blood clot can break away from the heart at any time and move straight into the brain. This can make him a lifetime coma patient. So the patient was rushed to VPS Lakeshore for bypass surgery and removed the blood clot,” said Dr. Moosa Kunhi. Removing blood clot from heart chamber is difficult and it is very rarely done, he said, adding that this operation is a lifetime heart surgery of a heart surgeon as it is a very rare case.

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