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Octogenarian gets non- invasive heart implant.

FOR patients who require a new heart valve but are not medically fit for an open heart surgery, the fully percutaneous valve implant ( PVI) is a " no cut- no stitch" procedure.

Doctors at Medanta Medicity performed the procedure on an 80- year- old who was suffering from a lung condition and could not be taken for invasive surgery.

Shishpal Garg from Delhi had almost lost hope when he heard about the PVI. Dr Praveen Chandra, chairman of the division of interventional cardiology at the Medanta Heart Institute, said: " This procedure will usher in a new phase in heart treatment. It doesn't require the opening of the chest wall and heart -- after which the patient takes three months to recover.

The PVI takes up to one hour and the patient is fit to go home in four days." According to procedure, a small puncture is made in the groin vessels with or without anaesthesia, depending on the patient's condition. The prosthetic valve makes its way to the heart through the lower limb blood vessels. The valve implant is positioned over the diseased one with the help of X- ray guidance.

At least 12 doctors, including Dr Chandra, heart surgeon Dr Naresh Trehan and eco- cardiography expert R. R. Kasliwal as well as experts from Europe, performed the surgery on Garg on Monday.

He had first undergone angioplasty to remove the artery blockages.

Dr Trehan, chairman and managing director of Medanta Medicity, said: " Usually, patients above 65 years of age and those with poor health are considered unfit for complex surgeries.

The PVI is a boon for them."

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