In it Guillermo Almenara National Hospital of Social Health Security (EsSalud), Doctors have started a new procedure for pacemaker implant, a device that monitors the heart’s rhythm. The novel technique reduces operation time and negative effects, benefiting patients with heart disease.
“There are five patients in Peru who have benefited from this therapy. It has been a year-long process of logistical planning, study and validation of the candidates for the interventions. This is an enormous effort for the benefit of our patients,” he says. Hael Fernandez, electrophysiologist cardiologist from EsSalud.
In Peru, cardiovascular diseases are the third cause of death. At EsSalud’s Almenara Hospital alone, close to 3 thousand 500 patients with these pathologies. “20% need cardiac stimulation and 16% of patients with heart failure present dilation of their heart due to disordered contraction. They will be able to benefit from this new left branch stimulation technique,” says Dr. Fernandez.
The new pacemaker implantation technique generates a better heart contractionsince previously there were many negative effects such as an enlarged heart, decreased strength and even episodes of suffocation.
Furthermore, the old way of applying this device gave unfavorable results, requiring more time and exposure to X-rays. On the other hand, the new technique lasts 90 minutes, which previously used to take between 3 or 4 hours.
In addition, “it allows us to recruit parts of the heart that contract poorly, by capturing the left branch of the conduction system. In this way, a more physiological stimulation is achieved and many times superior to the conventional technique. The success rate, the specialist highlights, it is 100% and it does not present complications as it is a feasible and safe procedure,” explains Fernandez.
For its part, Pedro Guillén Riveraone of the benefited patients, is a witness that since the intervention he has noticed an improvement. “Not only on a physiological level but also on an emotional level. I no longer go out afraid that at some point I might feel dizzy or something might happen to me on the street,” says Pedro Guillén.
This new technique allows treating arrhythmias with irregularities of heart rhythm with very slow or very fast beats, coronary artery disease and heart failure. These compromise health because they cause the heart to not pump correctly, causing shortness of breath, heart valve disease and cardiomyopathies.
He Ministry of Health indicates that “stress can be a trigger for developing heart problems, arrhythmias (alteration of heart rhythm) and high blood pressure.”
The Head of the Cardiology Service of the Dos de Mayo National HospitalRubén Azañero, suggests that it is essential that after 40 years of age people realize themselves medical checkups once a year. Even more so if there is a family history, “if you have a father who died before the age of 55 or a mother who died before the age of 65 from a heart attack, it is an important risk factor to be considered in the patient’s medical history.” , he indicates.
Identify chest pains or sensations of shortness of breath They are warning signs of possible heart disease and can save lives. According to World Health Organization (WHO) Worldwide, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death. 17.5 million people die every year.