September 28, 2020: In order to highlight the importance of timely treatment which can have beneficial outcomes in cardiac ailments, Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurugram organised a Press Conference to raise public awareness in Hisar. On the occasion of World Heart Day 2020, doctors at FMRI presented successfully treated 2 critically ill cardiac patients from Hisar, Haryana with an emergency by-pass surgery. 72-year-old Mr. Ram Narayan, retired farmer from Hisar, who had suffered acute heart attack, was critically admitted with a heart function of 35% which was far below the normal levels of 55%. Detailed investigations revealed that despite being a chronic smoker he used to cycle for at least 20 Km daily and had an active lifestyle. But in order to subside his pain due to daily workout in the farms, he used to consume painkillers without prescription, which turned out to be the cause for his current condition. The other patient is a 44-year-old woman, who had ignored her chest pain symptoms for 5 months that had radiated to the right hand and had difficulties in breathing. Only upon aggravated pain, she went for an angiography in Hisar, that revealed 2 of her 3 main arteries were 100% blocked. She was shifted to FMRI for the surgery in an emergency situation. Both underwent successful bypass surgeries and were present at the press conference to make the public aware about the importance of timely treatment which can have quality outcomes. “72-year-old Mr Ram Narayan, had weak lungs due to chronic smoking and had developed a massive heart attack in July with heart functions dropping below 35%. Despite his active lifestyle in the farms, his consistent use of painkillers without prescriptions may be a major cause for his current condition. On evaluation, it was diagnosed that the patient was suffering from Left Main Coronary Artery Disease (LMCA). The patient was shifted in emergency and underwent a by-pass surgery and blockage was removed from 3 arteries. Along that, one of the heart chambers called ‘Left atrial appendage’ (LAA) revealed some blood clot due to the acute heart attack. That chamber was ligated and his risk of migration of clot to anywhere in the body was reduced to zero. By immediate prognosis and timely surgery, the patient’s life was retrieved, and the patient successfully.” said Dr. Udgeath Dhir, Director & Head, Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS), FMRI Identifying the symptoms of cardiac problems, correct diagnosis and timely treatment is the key for avoiding prolonged heart ailments. Preventing coronary artery disease is largely about controlling the risk factors. The sooner you reach your doctor for the treatment, the better the results will be. This procedure helps to improve the heart function and reduces the risk of dying of heart disease. While timely surgery can save lives, ignoring symptoms can turn into emergency and critical situations. “Similar was the case of 44-year-old diabetic woman, Ms Anita Rani, who had symptoms of chest pain but ignored it for over 5 months due to mis-diagnosis of her condition by local consultation. In many cases the correct diagnosis plays an important role in the treatment outcomes and becomes life saviour. Even though she was admitted after 5 months of her symptoms, an emergency bypass surgery has not only saved her life but also got her back to a normal lifestyle. Added Dr Dhir Delaying treatment can be life alarming and threading in many cases. If diagnosed at an early stage, heart ailments can be managed on medications. Timely and regular check-ups should be done without any delay to identify the condition of your heart. Treatment delayed is treatment denied.