Pretty amazing! Last week a 104-year-old man from Noida, India became reportedly the oldest patient ever to receive an angioplasty and stent. As reported in the Hindustan Times, Hari Singh was admitted to Metro Hospital and Heart Institute on May 16 with chest pain. Angiography showed two 100% totally occluded arteries and a 90% blockage near the origin of his Left Anterior Descending (LAD) artery.
Dr. Purshotam Lal, MD, FACC, FSCAI, who is the Director of Interventional Cardiology and Chairman, Metro Group of Hospitals, knew that his patient would probably only survive for a very short time if he did nothing. So he performed an angioplasty and stent implantation on Mr. Singh…and he went in through the left wrist, the transradial approach, to reduce discomfort to his patient and minimize the possibility of bleeding and vascular complications.
The procedure was successful: his patient was mentally alert and able to leave the hospital and resume walking to and working in his shop. Working? Walking? At 104? We should all be so lucky.
On Angioplasty.Org’s Patient Forum, we host a topic on “Angioplasty and Stenting in the Elderly” and this story should give patients (and their families) some encouragement.
By the way, Mr. Singh is no stranger to interventional cardiology: he had his first stent implant when he was a mere 92-years-old. And he’s been using an exercise bicycle to keep in shape. Got that? Keeping “in shape” at 104!!
For those interested, we found an NNIS video news story on YouTube, which includes interviews with Dr. Lal and Mr. Singh.
And, if you think that this is the kind of event that should be in the record books, be assured that Dr. Lal immediately submitted his case to the Guinness Book of World Records.