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CMCH docs perform rare stent implant

HT Correspondent  Ludhiana, April 07, 2013
First Published: 18:43 IST(7/4/2013) | Last Updated: 18:48 IST(7/4/2013)

Doctors at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here recently carried out a rare surgery meant for those who have suffered a heart attack.


A bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) stent was implanted in a 69-year-old patient from Jamalpur here. Doctors say that coronary stenting is among the major treatments meant for those with a history of heart attacks. However, so far, stetns were either made of stainless steel or cobalt chromium, leaving patients at the risk of contracting a disease.
"BVS stents are a safer option as they are absorbed in the patient's body within two years, without leaving risking the patient to diseases," said Dr Rajneesh Calton, professor and head of cardiology department, CMCH.

Mukhtiar Singh, the patient who underwent the surgery, was found to have a long segment of blockage in his right coronary artery.

The surgery, during which three BCS stents were implanted in Mukhtiar Singh, was performed by Dr Calton and his team comprising Avinash Mathew, Dr Rashmi Kerr, Dr Abraham Speedie, Sanjay Ranga, Rajiv Lal, Bhupinder and Sabina. The patient was discharged from the hospital on Friday.

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