Pune: The new renovated catheterisation laboratory at Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) and BJ Government Medical College (BJGMC), which was started in March 2015 saw over 1,000 cardiac procedures in the year 2017.
A catheterisation laboratory or cath lab is an examination room in a hospital or clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment used to visualise the arteries of the heart and the chambers of the heart and treat any stenosis or abnormality found.
Dr Shashilkala Sangle, incharge of cathlab, said the procedures included 616 angiographies, 207 angioplasties, that is, removing blockage of heart with coronary stents.
“Around 50 patients of arrhythmias were treated by EP study and radiofrequency ablation with 3D mapping, 22 patients of pacemakers, 18 balloon mitral valvotomy procedures for stenosis of valves and over 30 holes in heart, that is ASD and PDA procedures were done. In addition to this, over 15,000 echocardiographies were done in the lab,” said Sangle.
Dr Hemant Kokane, cardiologist said the above procedures were done under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Arogya Yojana (MPJAY) scheme which makes all these procedures free for patients. He said these procedures cost between Rs 80,000 to Rs 4 lakh in private medical establishments.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dr Sidharth Gadage. pediatric cardiologist said that in this lab about 30 children with congenital defects were operated with device closure thereby avoiding open heart surgery.
“Around 300 pediatric and Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) babies have undergone echocardiography here in the lab,” added Gadage.