Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting or CABG as it is more popularly known is probably the most commonly performed surgery the world over. A shroud of fear and ignorance seems to cover the face of this life saving procedure. Many misunderstandings have prevented a very deserving person from benefiting from what this surgery has to offer. This article aims to provide the reader with a clear view of what the surgery involves and dispel the myths. Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Paediatric Cardiac Surgery deals with heart conditions in babies (including unborn babies), children and adolescents. Structural, functional, and rhythm-related problems of the heart are dealt with a high degree of success. India for Bypass surgery andChild heart surgery.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery • The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include: • • A smaller incision • • A smaller scar • • Reduced risk of infection • • Less bleeding • • Less pain and trauma • • Decreased length of stay in hospital after the procedure: the average stay is about three days after minimally invasive surgery, while the average stay after traditional heart surgery is five days.
Procedures performed by our Paediatric Cardiac Surgeons • Atrial Septal Defect -A defect between the heart's two upper chambers called the atria • Ventricular Septal Defect -A defect between the heart's two lower chambers called the ventricles. • Coarctation of Aorta - a birth defect that results in the narrowing of part of the aorta (the major artery leading out of the heart). • Tetralogy of Fallot - a common cause of "blue babies"
What is a Heart Attack? • "Heart Attack", technically termed Myocardial Infarction, is a result of total blockage of the blood vessel (coronary artery) which supplies blood to the heart. The blockage is due to the formation of plug composed of cholesterol, blood cells, fibrin and calcium. The heart attack may manifest with a sudden onset of severe central chest pain described as heavy, compressing pain, which can radiate to the left hand, jaw or to the back. It is often associated with profuse sweating and weakness. The presentation can be so sudden that the patient suddenly collapses and becomes unresponsive with profuse sweating and cold peripheries.