The Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in Kano, Kano State, says it has successfully conducted a cardiac pacemaker implantation on 87 year-old man.
The hospital’s Deputy Director of Information, Malam Aminu Inuwa, said that the operation conducted by a team of medical doctors from the Cardiology, Radiology and Anesthesiology Departments and specialised nurses, lasted one and a-half hours.
In a statement Mr. Inuwa quoted the leader of the team, Dr Isma’il Muhammad-Inuwa, a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, as saying the patient was received at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital with third degree heart block.
According to him, the “third degree heart block represents low heart rate less than 40 beats per minute, sync opal attacks and high blood pressure.’’
Inuwa in the statement explained that “the pacemaker is to increase heart rate to at least 60 beats per minute as against less than 40 beats per minute,’’ he said.
The team leader said the recurring seizures of the patient were usually mistaking and treated as epilepsy advising health professionals to be more vigilant in identifying the signs and symptoms of the problem.
The patient, Bashir-Nababa, commenting 48 hours after the surgery, expressed his gratitude to the team of specialists who succesfuly, handled the operation.