Sunday, July 22, 2018
facebook

google plus
Jammu Kashmir

Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 12:46 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 12:46 AM (IST)

Rural hospitals use new tech to save heart attack patients

Samaan Lateef

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, April 16

Amid rise in the death rate due to heart attacks, the health department in collaboration with some well-known cardiologists has started thrombolysis — a technique to dissolve clots in blood vessels — at health centres in rural areas.

The procedure has been started in view of the rising death rate among heart attack patients due to the delay in bringing them to the tertiary care hospitals in Srinagar.

“We have treated over 1,000 heart patients since January and at least 113 of them have undergone thrombolysis in rural hospitals before being shifted to Srinagar,” said Dr Nasir Shams, a cardiologist, who has started the ‘Save Heart Initiative’ of the government.

Shams said almost 97 per cent of the heart patients, who had undergone thrombolysis in rural hospitals, had survived. “It has made a huge difference in the healthcare of the heart patients. You won’t find doctors doing thrombolysis in sub-district and district hospitals anywhere in the country,” he said.

Of the 113 patients, who have undergone thrombolysis, the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar, has received nearly 60. “Most of them had suffered less damage to the heart tissue and their prognosis is better,” said Dr Imran Hafeez, an Assistant Professor of Cardiology at SKIMS.

He said earlier when heart attack patients from rural areas would reach a tertiary care hospital in Srinagar, he or she had suffered 70 per cent damage to heart muscles. “It was very difficult to save the patient’s life. Since the thrombolysis has been started in rural areas, we get heart attack patients in a better shape,” he said.

Under the ‘Save Heart Initiative’ of the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, the cardiologists at SKIMS and Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital are guiding the doctors in government-run hospitals in rural areas on treatment to be provided to the patients.

Like any other muscle, heart needs oxygen and when the blood flow that supplies that oxygen is severely reduced or blocked completely, a heart attack occurs — technically known as a myocardial infarction. Cardiologists are performing thrombolysis on heart attack patients which dissolves dangerous clots in blood vessels to improve the blood flow and prevent the damage to tissues and organs.

At least 3,256 people out of 1 lakh in J&K died in 2016 due to heart attacks, revealed a recent study on disease burden trends in the states by Indian Council of Medical Research.

The heart diseases, which contributed 4.3 per cent to total deaths in 1990, have increased to 8.7 per cent in 2016.

Thrombolysis dissolves clots 

  • Like any other muscle, heart needs oxygen and when the blood flow is severely reduced or blocked completely, a heart attack occurs — technically known as a myocardial infarction.  
  • Cardiologists perform thrombolysis on heart attack patients which dissolves the dangerous clots in blood vessels to improve the blood flow and prevent the damage to tissues and organs. 

COMMENTS

All readers are invited to post comments responsibly. Any messages with foul language or inciting hatred will be deleted. Comments with all capital letters will also be deleted. Readers are encouraged to flag the comments they feel are inappropriate.
The views expressed in the Comments section are of the individuals writing the post. The Tribune does not endorse or support the views in these posts in any manner.
Share On