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37 Military Hospital performs groundbreaking surgery on a woman who has had a clogged heart for the past 12 years

A woman with a 12-year-old obstructed heart receives groundbreaking surgery at the 37 Military Hospital.

An operation to implant a dual chamber pacemaker was successfully completed at the 37 Military Hospital on a 47-year-old patient who had endured 12 years of living with a clogged heart.

Electrical impulses that regulate the heart’s beating are disturbed in a heart block condition.
Complete or third-degree heart blocks are the most dangerous variety.

Shortness of breath, palpitations (irregular heartbeat), fainting spells, and nausea are all signs of heart block.

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By sending electrical impulses to the right ventricle and right atrium of the heart to assist regulate the timing of contractions between the two chambers, a procedure known as a dual-chamber pacemaker helps to rectify the issue.

The procedure guarantees that the atrium, the upper chamber of the heart, and the ventricle, the lower chamber of the heart, pulse in unison and prevents the heart from dipping below a predetermined heart rate.

Speaking to the media following the operation, Colonel Dr. Kwame Acheampong Adomako, Head of Cardio Center 37 Military Hospital, explained that the patient’s clogged heart was caused by a family history of hypertension and diabetes.

He said that the patient’s hypertensive and diabetic conditions prevented the nerves from carrying messages to other regions of the body.

The patient would be able to enjoy a normal life free from sudden cardiac arrest or death, according to the cardiologist, thanks to the electronic pulse generator placed in her heart.

This indicates an increase in heartbeat from 39–40 to 80–90 beats per minute.

Col. Adomako urged Ghanaians to have regular checkups to help identify some of these illnesses early for prompt treatment after stating that the successful surgery had given the Hospital the confidence to undertake more.

He expressed his appreciation to the medical staff for helping to make the treatment successful.

The patient thanked the 37 Military Hospital for their rapid assistance, noting that she had only been given up until Sunday, June 25, to live before being referred to them on Friday, June 23, 2023.

She described how she had an incident at a party and received advice to get checked out right away.

“Because of the urgency of my condition, I was instructed to wait a bit after my checkup at the SSNIT Hospital. Instead of beating normally at 70 to 80 beats per minute, my heart was beating slowly at 39 to 40.

I was afterwards taken by ambulance to the 37 Military Hospital, where I was informed that the surgery had to be done immediately away since it could not wait, she continued.

The woman stated that she was currently healthy and handling things on her own, but she added, “At first, I could not walk even a short distance.

“I can now affirm that my condition has changed following the procedure. She described how there was no longer any pain or dizziness like there once was.

She urged Ghanaians to trust their local hospitals to take care of their medical requirements.

Her husband expressed his satisfaction with the surgery’s outcome, stating that his wife had endured a lot.


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