A first-of-its-kind therapy in India, a cryoablation procedure using specialized balloon catheter systems was recently done on a patient with atrial fibrillation by Dr Balbir Singh and his team at Max Hospital Saket.
The procedure was done using cold energy to create tiny scars in the heart to block irregular electrical signals and restore a regular heartbeat. Cryoablation was chosen over as a safe, effective, and efficient treatment option since it could be completed in record time leading to least possible exposure to radiation for the patient. There is a need to raise awareness on the availability of this therapy in India.
A case in point is that of a patient who presented with palpitations and fatigue despite being on multiple medications. The underlying heart rhythm was regular which is typical of any patient unsuccessfully managed with one or multiple drugs leading to a medical condition called drug resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. However, his diagnosis was paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation, and the patient was willing to get this treatment as his quality of life was compromised and he wanted an improvement in the same.
Cryoablation, a proven modality was clearly the treatment of choice. This is because it could be performed within a significantly shorter duration (as opposed to Radio frequency ablation) with safer protocols and equally efficient outcomes.
Speaking about this, Dr Balbir Singh, Chairman, Cardiology at Max Hospital Saket, New Delhi, said, “Whether your symptoms are mild or severe, atrial fibrillation can be a serious medical condition that should be treated. It may impact your quality of life, energy level, and physical activity. If left untreated, atrial fibrillation may increase the risk of heart failure, stroke, and death. Some symptoms to watch out for include irregular heartbeat which is rapid and fluttering in nature; fatigue, shortness of breath and weakness; chest discomfort or pain; and dizziness.
Cryoablation is a novel procedure, which is short, highly safe and effective for people with atrial fibrillation. This modality can revolutionize the treatment of this condition in India, and we are extremely proud to say that the first case in the country has been successfully carried out by our team at Max Hospital, Saket.”