Aster Medcity, Kochi conducts cryoablation procedure to tackle heart disease

Cryo-ablation is used in patients with arrhythmia who present an abnormal heartbeat

The first cryoablation technique was performed on a 53-year-old woman from Valanchari, Malappuram, at Aster Medcity, Kochi who was placed in an extremely critical condition with water in her chest due to an abnormal heartbeat. The doctors decided to perform cryoablation, based on the patient’s safety, critical condition and risk of developing the condition.


Dr Praveen Sreekumar, Consultant Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, Aster Medicity, Kochi, said, “This minimally invasive procedure is painless and completely safe compared to other heart surgeries. Once this innovative treatment process is completed, 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.”

Cryoablation is used in patients with arrhythmia who present 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 advised, however, this is not a permanent solution. This innovative and new treatment stands apart from all the treatment options.

Dr Anil Kumar, Head, Department of Cardiology, Aster Medicity, Kochi, explains, “Aster Medicty is one of the few centres in the country and the only hospital in South Kerala to successfully introduce cryoablation therapy. We provide this treatment at a lower cost than neighbouring states and currently, five patients with heart disease are scheduled to undergo the cryoablation surgery.”



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