Learn to live life king size after coronary stenting says Dr Rakesh Kumar Jaswal

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On World Heart Day, Fortis Hospital Mohali presents “heart ambassadors” – a centurion and several octogenarians – who are enjoying life to the fullest

NewZNew (S A S Nagar) : Nothing could have been more inspirational on World Heart Day than watching a group of happy go merry youthful oldies, who got their coronary stenting procedure done in the twilight of their lives but years later are still living life king size.

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Presenting them as its “heart ambassadors”, Fortis Hospital Mohali on Tuesday saluted their indomitable spirit by honouring them on the occasion of World Heart Day. With moist eyes, the nine “heart ambassadors” reciprocated with cheers and waved red baloons, an unforgettable inspiration indeed for younger generations.

Nasib Singh Gill, at 102 the eldest of the lot and a World War II veteran, was 98 when he suffered a heart attack and became the oldest then to undergo the more advanced transradial (wrist) primary angioplasty. He had an ongoing heart attack along with kidney failure and was very sick. But his zeal to live a healthy life was exemplary. Post discharge, he went ahead with his planned visit to the UK to celebrate his 99th birthday with his son.

Dayapal (85),G.P Kapil (84), Kulbir Singh Bhatia (83), S.P. Soni, Kailashwati, SPS Virk and O.K. Sharma (all 81) and Tarsem Raj Monga (80) are also of the same cherubic group. They have all learnt to enjoy life to the fullest whatever the conditions.

At the event the centurion World War II veteran was the cynosure of all eyes. The other senior citizens looked up to him for inspiration as he shared the mantra for his long life with them. “I have promised myself that I will live to be 110. There is a religious and spiritual aspect to it and there is a social aspect. During my 65 years study of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy scripture of the Sikhs, I have learnt that to be good to everyone is the true essence of religion, and at the social level learn to be balanced in life – don’t be pulled down by failures and don’t get carried away by success.”

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Their “sarthi”, Dr Rakesh Kumar Jaswal, Director, Cardiology at Fortis Hospital Mohali, who has 20,000 transradial invasive procedures and over 8,000 transradial interventions including complex transradial coronary interventions, under his belt, attributes their cheerful demeanor to timely treatment, regular follow-up, healthy lifestyle and positive approach to life.

Explaining the advantage of radial (wrist) angioplasty over groin angioplasty, he said radial angioplasty yields better results and provides greater comfort level. “Doing angioplasty through the radial artery tends to cause less bleeding around the puncture after the procedure is over than the groin approach,” he added.

Quoting several international studies like MORTAL, RIFLE-STEACS, SCAAR and RIVAL that compared the two approaches (radial and groin), he said it was found that both ways were equally successful up to 95 percent at opening the troubled heart artery.

“Rates of death, heart attack, and stroke within 30 days of the procedure were less than 50% by transradial (wrist) approach as compared to the conventional approach from the thigh in patients undergoing primary stenting, especially when performed by highly experienced radial operator in a high-volume centre. Transradial stenting is extremely comfortable for the patients,” Dr Jaswal said.