Coimbatore: A rare heart surgery was performed on a 6-year-old child to treat accelerated heartbeat at a private hospital in the city. The girl from Thanjavur district was brought to Kovai Medical Center and Hospital with a history of multiple episodes of palpitations (faster heart rates). The last episode of palpitations was not settling down with drugs and the girl had a cardiac arrest. She was treated in a local hospital and was revived.
For further treatment she was referred to KMCH hospital to treat heart rhythm disorders in children. According to Dr Lawrance Jesuraj, Electrophysiologist who is a specialist treating patients with heart rhythm related diseases explained that though patients having faster heart rate due to extra electrical system may not be rare, treating the condition in small children is a challenge as their heart is small and it is difficult to use catheters and deliver heat through radiofrequency energy.
Dr Lawrance Jesuraj, along with Dr Kiran Bharath, cardiac anesthetist, performed the surgery that lasted more than three hours. During the procedure it was seen that the extra electric impulses were very close to normal electrical conduction and hence it was corrected using radiofrequency energy, simultaneously ensuring that there is no damage to the normal conduction.
This care is usually taken as otherwise she may require a pace maker lifelong if the normal system gets damaged. The patient was discharged and was sent home within two days of the procedure.
Dr Lawrance said that the procedure of correcting electrical disorders of the heart by radiofrequency energy is a boon to these patients as they are completely cured of this disease for life. Now the girl can resume her normal life without drugs or further treatment....
Location: Tamil Nadu