Cryo-Ablation - Aster Medcity launches state-of-the- art treatment for heart disease

Posted on : Nov 24, 2021


Kochi - The word cryo-ablation is formed by the combination of two words 'cryo' meaning cold and 'ablation' meaning removal. Cryoablation is the most innovative and successful way to restore a normal heartbeat after interrupting abnormal electrical pathways that leads to stroke and other heart failures. The catheter is passed through a blood vessel through the patient's leg and is routed to the heart using advanced imaging technology.  Nitrous oxide gas is infused into a cryo balloon which cools the tissue and produces intracardiac ablation lesions.  The advantage of this treatment is that the process is completed with the help of a balloon at a low temperature so that no other cells are damaged. The patient can return home the day after the procedure is completed.

The first Cryo-ablation was performed on a 53-year-old woman from Valanchari, Malappuram, who was placed in an extremely critical condition with water in her chest due to an abnormal heartbeat. The doctors decided to perform Cryo-ablation, an innovative treatment, based on the patient's safety, critical condition,  risk of developing the condition.

Dr. Praveen Sreekumar, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at Aster Medicity, said thIS minimally invasive procedure is painless and completely safe compared to other heart surgeries. After this innovative treatment process, most patients can avoid medication. "Patients who undergo this procedure with an accurate diagnosis at an early stage are less likely to have a recurrence of the disease," he said.

This treatment is used in patients with arrhythmia with an abnormal heartbeat. Irregular heartbeat occurs when the nerves in the heart malfunction. Over time, this can lead to blood clots in the heart, leading to life-threatening strokes and other related heart problems and physical conditions. These patients are usually given blood thinners. In severe cases, treatments, including pacemakers, may be prescribed, but this is not a permanent solution. This new treatment is different from all these.

Aster Medicity is one of the first centers in the country to successfully introduce Cryoablation therapy Dr. Anil Kumar, Head, Department of Cardiology explained. He said the facility was being provided at a lower cost than neighboring states and currently five patients were waiting for the cryoablation process.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) problems usually occur in about 10% of patients over the age of 80. But such conditions are now rarely seen also in young people. Other symptoms of arrhythmia include high or slow heart rate, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, feeling dizzy, fainting, and dizziness. This condition can start at a young age and worsen with age.

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