A 52-year-old woman’s damaged heart valve was successfully replaced with a cow’s pericardial valve at a Mumbai hospital.
Amita Patki was diagnosed with aortic aneurysm -- enlargement of the aorta.
An aneurysm is a bulge or “ballooning” in the wall of an artery, which carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
An overstretched and weak aorta can burst, causing serious bleeding and leading to death.
A 2D Echocardiogram -- also known as echo test -- revealed to the doctors at Nanavati super speciality hospital that the valve damage was in an advanced stage.
“We performed a surgery on her and replaced the defunct valve with a biological bovine pericardial valve,” said Hemant Pathare, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon .
“The patient was also diagnosed with ascension in her aorta up to the base. The ascending aorta was also replaced along with a part of the arch of aorta,” Pathare added.
The patient is responding well to post-surgery treatment and will be discharged soon, the doctor said.