Navigating the complexities of elderly healthcare often calls for an inventive approach. Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai Central, exemplified this in the recent treatment of a 79-year-old patient, Mr. Acharekar. Facing the combined challenges of mitral stenosis, heart failure, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the hospital’s medical team employed an innovative, multidisciplinary strategy.
As per the American Heart Association, mitral stenosis, the narrowing of the heart’s mitral valve, can lead to complications like blood clots, stroke, and heart failure. Treatment often involves surgical intervention, but in Mr. Acharekar’s case, the team opted for a less invasive but rarely used procedure – Percutaneous Transvenous Mitral Commissurotomy (PTMC). Conducted by Dr. Parin Sangoi, an Interventional Cardiologist, the procedure helped widen the narrowed heart valve and improve the patient’s breathing.
Meanwhile, the COPD Foundation states that COPD, a chronic inflammatory lung disease, affects millions worldwide and is a leading cause of death. Dr. Sulaiman Ladhani, Consultant Pulmonologist, managed Mr. Acharekar’s COPD, striving to stabilize his respiratory health.
The team also discovered minor blockages in Mr. Acharekar’s coronary arteries via angiography, which they addressed using medication. This case not only demonstrates the hospital’s commitment to pushing boundaries in healthcare but also emphasizes the importance of collaborative, multidisciplinary care. It provides a beacon of hope for the broader application of procedures like PTMC, particularly in the geriatric population.