Cow’s Heart Gives New Life to Woman


Chennai: A heart valve made from a cow’s heart has given a new lease of life to an 81-year-old woman. The patient from Hyderabad, who was suffering from narrowing of the aortic valve, was operated upon at Frontier Lifeline Hospitals in Chennai last Saturday.

“The procedure was a viable alternative to traditional open heart surgery for those who have severe aortic valve stenosis and belong to high surgical risk group,” said Dr K M Cherian of Frontier Lifeline Hospitals.

The woman, who had already undergone a valve replacement surgery 11 years ago, began to show symptoms of heart problems early this year. Though she approached several hospitals across the country, she could not get any positive response.

“She came to us in April with complaints of severe breathlessness and repeated hospital admissions. Tests showed that her replaced aortic valve was narrow,” said interventional cardiologist Dr R Anantharaman, who performed the surgery.