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18-year-old boy is India's youngest to be fitted with S-ICD at Kauvery hosp

18-year-old boy is India's youngest to be fitted with S-ICD at Kauvery hosp

Chennai, Jan 8 (UNI) An 18-year-old local boy has become India's

youngest patient to be fitted with a Subcutaneous Implantable

Cardioverter Defibrillator (S-ICD) at the Kauvery hospital here.

A team of cardiac experts at Kauvery Hospital’s Sudden Cardiac

Death Prevention Programme (SCDPP), led by Dr A B Gopalamurugan,

Senior Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Chief of Electrophysiology

and SCDPP, successfully implanted S-ICD device on the young boy, who

was found to be at high risk, thereby preventing sudden cardiac death.

The boy had an episode of loss of consciousness leading to

significant head injury. He was assessed in other leading

hospitals before he came to Kauvery Hospital for assessment.

Through a protocoled approach, he was found to have a life

threatening heart electrical condition called arrhythmia,

which needed immediate intervention.

It was indeed the lethal arrhythmia that caused the loss of

consciousness on the boy and his health condition could cause

electrical problems in the heart which might lead to sudden

cardiac death.

The best way to prevent this was with an ICD which would help

regulate his heart, Dr Gopalamurugan told reporters on Tuesday.

“Conventionally, these defibrillators which are well known to

prevent death from heart electrical problems have been fitted

only inside the body, which is inside the vascular system,

through an operation', he said.

But this comes with its own problems, because the device was

within the blood vessel and heart during the entire life span

of the patient and places the patient at high risk of infection,

re-operation, device extraction risks and radiation”, he said.

“In this case, instead of normal ICD, which utilizes wire leads

inserted directly into the heart through a large vein, we used

the S-ICD system, which was implanted not inside his chest,

but outside the chest wall cavity just under the skin', he said.

This meant that the young boy would not be put through the risk

of infection and recurrent invasive surgeries or heart injury,

but still gets the benefit of the defibrillator that saves his

life, Dr Gopalamurugan said.

The ICD was a small electronic device connected to the heart,

used to continuously monitor and help regulate potentially fast

and life-threatening electrical problems within the heart,

Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive director, Kauvery Hospitals,

who was also present said.

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