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India's First Bluetooth Enabled CRTD Transplant

Implanted the 1st Entrant CRT-D in India, from the range of newest launched ICD & CRT-Ds called Gallant & Entrant from Abbott. These devices come with SMARTPHONE TECHNOLOGY leading Digital Transformation and delivering on being POWERFULLY CONNECTED.

Hyderabad, 20th October 2020

A team of Electrophysiologists lead by Dr. Ashutosh Kumar successfully conducted India’s first Bluetooth-enabled CRT-D Implantation surgery here at CARE Hospitals, Hyderabad. A CRT-D is a special device for heart failure patients who are also at high risk for sudden cardiac death. The device will offer Bluetooth connectivity to a patient’s smartphone app for improved remote monitoring and patient/physician engagement. This device offers the capability to the doctor to monitor the functioning of the device remotely, i.e. the patient can be at home at his office, within India or even out of the country as well.

Speaking about the surgery, Dr Ashutosh Kumar, Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist, CARE Hospitals Banjara Hills, said, “This is the first time in India that this type of device has been implanted and this will open new doors for patients and care takers willing to stay connected with their doctors. With the Bluetooth enabled CRT-D device, we will be able to monitor the heart’s rhythm, detect irregularities and take appropriate action wherever and whenever required. The patient might be located anywhere in the world and he can travel freely with this device. He will still stay connected with the doctor who can monitor and guide him to the best course of action if at all  any necessity for any clinical intervention.”

Case Summary

The patient is 43 years young IT consultant from one of the top IT firms in the city. He visited the emergency ward of Care hospital on October 7th at 2 AM in the night with severe breathing problem and was unable to even walk properly.   Upon examination by the doctors, he was diagnosed with severe heart congestion and poor heart efficiency also called EJECTION FRACTION. He was diagnosed with heart rhythm problems and he was experiencing Ventricular tachycardia (VT). VT is a fast, abnormal heart rate if not treated can be fatal. The patient was first resuscitated with DC shock (cardioversion) and stabilized with intravenous medication. It was followed by minimally invasive but technically demanding surgical intervention.  He was implanted an Entrant Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D) device, a first in the country, which brings the most advanced heart rhythm management capabilities along with remote monitoring. This patient was first diagnosed with this problem called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) in 2014 and he was advised to go for this minimally invasive surgery back then. Its nothing short of a miracle that the patient has survived the arrhythmia(VT) as it happened when he reached to the hospital. DCM patient has propensity to develop arrhythmia as well as symptom of heart failure and this device takes care for both in selected patients.