We were with my mom in the temple for my dad’s 80th birthday. Her 70th birthday was just 3 months away. We were in the process of our Pradakshina, which is when I think my mom got a mild attack. After watching too many Indian movies we assume a person at the time of heart attack will be sweating like crazy, they will feel dizzy etc, nothing like that ever happens to my mom. That is one reason her heart has been damaged – she has had a series of minor attacks and none of us knew about it 🙁
She got the worst birthday gift from us – an angiography. The results as expected was bad news to us, she needed a bypass ‘immediately’. We scheduled the operation but before the scheduled date she had a massive attack. In Jan 2009 I wrote about India’s 911 service.
Many are under the wrong impression about heart diseases are male-centric, not true. Women tend to develop heart disease later than men, probably related to hormones and the protective effects of oestrogen.
My father was always against the bypass surgery [Reuters],
- 52 per cent more likely to die within three years
- It damages the veins and leads to heart attacks
- The study of 3,000 patients found veins removed by the endoscopic technique were significantly more likely to become clogged within a year or so
- At the 12- to 18-month mark, 47 per cent of the patients had at least one of their bypass grafts fail, versus 38 per cent for whom the blood vessels were removed by the older method
- Three years after the heart surgery, the risk of death or a non-fatal heart attack was 38 per cent higher among the patients whose leg vein was removed endoscopically.
- When the pros and cons are explained, most still choose the endoscopic technique, worrying less about the long-term risks than the short-term benefits.
My father attends all senior citizen meets with great enthusiasm. In spite of being 80, he is as curious and hungry to learn more like a youngster. He has been reading a lot about alternate therapy for my mom’s heart condition. Unfortunately, none of the family members supported him and we went ahead with the bypass.
Bypass Success Rate – 98%
Unfortunately, her bypass did not go well. She had some minor problems after 2 weeks after her bypass, way too early to fall sick after the bypass. We went back to the same hospital. The surgeon refused to believe she had an attack, he was and continues to be an egoistic person. The doctors advised her to again undergo another operation and gave no guarantees whatsoever regarding the success rate.
The success rate of the bypass was supposed to be 98%. Failures happen, unfortunately, we happened to be in the 2%. None of us was angry or shouted at any of the doctors, we took it in the right spirit and decided to move on.
This time the family decided to simply obey my father!
Natural Bypass / Biochemical Angioplasty
My father learnt about a therapy being offered by Saaol. He immediately enrolled her for,
- Natural Bypass – The basic idea here is to use the branches of arteries [Capillaries] to supply blood to the heart. The machine artificially increases the flow of blood in the coronary channels by directly increasing the pressure at the root of the coronary arteries. About 200 centres in the US, 10,000 centres in China use this machine.
- Biochemical Angioplasty – The patient is injected with chemicals that clear the blocked arteries. (I must admit we were a little concerned about this therapy as a foreign object was being injected, but I guess we did not have a choice)
My mother is nearing the completion of this therapy. It appears it has helped her. Now and then she has little problems but we have learnt to accept it.
It should be noted that I have expressed my personal experience about this alternative therapy. Using it or not is your decision.
Disclaimer: By no means, this post must be seen as a medical recommendation. I have no expertise in medicine. I have written this post just to share our personal experience.