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Times of India
30 December 2008
Pune, India
TNN

Within just two years of its inception, cardiologists at the Fabiani and Budhrani Heart Institute have managed to perform rare cardiac interventions – procedures which have been performed by few hospitals in the country.

Cardiologist Ritu Dhawan–Bhatia said, “A four–year–old girl who was born with a narrowed aorta was treated with balloon angioplasty instead of surgery. The patient was discharged in twothree days.”

Similarly, cardiologist Manohar Sakhare planted an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) – a device that monitors heart rhythms – on a 62–year–old person. “The patient had suffered a heart attack in 2006 after which he had recurrent episodes of ventricular tachycardia (heart rhythm abnormalities) which was a life threatening condition and required high intensity electric shocks,” said Sakhare.

“Advances in technology have made interventions in congenital heart defect conditions feasible,” said Bhatia.

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