Mumbai Hospital Uses Cow’s Heart To Save Woman’s Life

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Mumbai: A 52-year-old woman’s damaged heart valve was successfully replaced with a cow’s pericardial valve at a Mumbai hospital. Amita Patki was diagnosed with aortic aneurysm — enlargement of the aorta.

An aneurysm is a bulge or “ballooning” in the wall of an artery, which carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. An overstretched and weak aorta can burst, causing serious bleeding and leading to death.

A 2D Echocardiogram — also known as echo test — revealed to the doctors at Nanavati super speciality hospital that the valve damage was in an advanced stage.

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“We performed a surgery on her and replaced the defunct valve with a biological bovine pericardial valve,” said Hemant Pathare, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon .

“The patient was also diagnosed with ascension in her aorta up to the base. The ascending aorta was also replaced along with a part of the arch of aorta,” Pathare added. The patient is responding well to post-surgery treatment and will be discharged soon, the doctor said.