The 21-kg boy was admitted with severe pain and discomfort in both lower limbs.
A seven-year-old boy from Uzbekistan, Marko Khafizova, who was suffering from cardiac ailment, was cured at a Delhi-based hospital on Friday. The 21-kg boy was admitted with severe pain and discomfort in both lower limbs. He was experiencing fatigability for a long time while walking.
Khafizova was brought into a Delhi-based hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hole in the heart, also known as a ventricular septal defect (VSD) and coarctation of the aorta, the artery which supplies blood to lower part of the body.
“The femoral artery that is situated in the groin is connected to the heart. During investigations, it was found out that his aorta was severely narrowed as well as there was a hole (3.5-4 mm VSD) in the heart. We first did dilatation of narrowed vessel by using a balloon and after ensuring well-opened vessel, and we proceeded for the closing of VSD by using an umbrella button device,” said Dr Gaurav Agrawal, consultant, paediatric cardiology, BLK Heart Centre.
The family was counseled regarding the treatment option by cardiac intervention. As Khafizova’s weight was unsuitable for stenting of coarctation of aorta, ballooning of coarctation along with device closure of Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) was planned.
“We need to create awareness among people about the availability of advanced treatments and procedures to reduce the rising burden of the heart ailments even in children. The experts had chosen the procedure to avoid any complication. The complication rate was very less with the intervention as compared to surgery. The boy was discharged after 24 hours post procedure. Now his symptoms have been subsided and he is doing well on follow-up,” added Dr Agrawal.
“Heart disease continues to remain the number one killer internationally, including India. Majority of this abnormal heart conditions are reversible and avoidable. All we need to do is take action. The four main risk factors for heart diseases include smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Indians are genetically more prone to develop heart disease than other; hence one has to be even more aware and more careful about the risk factors associated with it,” said Dr Anil Dhall, director, interventional cardiology, Venkateshwar Hospital.
Marko Khafizova was brought to Delhi where he was diagnosed with a hole in the heart, also known as Ventricular Septal Defect, and coarctation of the aorta, that artery that supplies blood to the lower body.
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