On Tuesday, Doctors at Fortis Shalimar Bagh gave a second life to a 42-year-old man who was brought to the hospital with no vital signs. The patient’s heart had stopped beating due to a severe heart attack. His family recounted that the man experienced an hour of chest pain that he initially dismissed as gastric trouble, a decision that almost cost him his life. Just minutes before reaching Fortis Shalimar Bagh, he stopped breathing, the hospital informed in a press statement.
The team of doctors led by Dr Naresh Kumar Goyal, Director and HOD – Cardiology and Heart Failure, Dr Mashhad Haider Rizvi, Head Emergency and Dr Arvind Sethi, Additional Director – Cardiology, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh immediately attended to the patient and within 20 minutes, the patient was revived. Timely diagnosis and quick medical intervention were the key factors in reviving the patient.
Upon arrival at the Fortis Shalimar Bagh emergency department, the patient was unconscious, unresponsive, and had no breath. His pupils were non-reactive, and his ECG displayed a flatline, indicating no heart activity. The medical team immediately initiated life-saving measures, including CPR, intubation, and mechanical ventilation. After an intense and continuous resuscitative effort lasting 20 minutes, the patient miraculously regained vital signs. Subsequently, he was swiftly transferred to the cath lab for further investigations, which unveiled a critical blockage in the left anterior descending artery of the heart, the doctors said in a statement.
Dr Mashhad Haider Rizvi, Head Of Emergency, Fortis Shalimar Bagh said, “Emergency care in a hospital during a cardiac arrest is typically focused on restoring blood flow to the brain and other vital organs to prevent further damage. When the patient arrived at the emergency department, we decided to resuscitate him as his heart had stopped pumping 6-7 minutes prior to reaching the hospital, the survival of the patient in this kind of scenario is very rare. Also, the cardiac arrest might have begun while the patient had experienced cardiac pain which he thought to be acidity. If he would not have reached the hospital on time, he would not have been able to survive.”
Giving details of the case, Dr Naresh Kumar Goyal, Director and HOD – Cardiology & Heart Failure said, “Looking at the condition of the patient, we decided to conduct an angioplasty amidst repeated electric shock and chest compressions to maintain blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. After 4 days, the patient gradually recovered. A critical blockage in the left anterior descending artery (LAD) is a serious condition that can lead to a heart attack. The LAD is the largest coronary artery, and it supplies blood to the front of the left ventricle, which is the main pumping chamber of the heart. A blockage in the LAD can reduce or stop the flow of blood to the heart muscle, which can damage or destroy heart tissue.”