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Delhi: 34-minute door-to-balloon saved man's life


Santosh Kumar Gurgubelli

42-year-old Santosh Kumar Gurgubelli was saved by the city doctors

Santosh Kumar Gurgubelli, a 42-year-old man from Chennai, was saved by city doctors in a 34-minute door-to-balloon timeline with only 16-minutes for stenting after he collapsed due to severe chest pain due to a heart attack.

Door-to-balloon is a time measurement in emergency cardiac care, specifically in the treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. The interval starts with the patient's arrival in the emergency department and ends when a catheter crosses the lesion in the cardiac cath lab. Total door to angioplasty time, in this case, was 34 minutes, which was much lesser than the international protocols of around 90 minutes.

"The patient responded very well to immediate and efficient intervention and a precious life was saved," said Dr Neeraj Bhalla, Senior Consultant, and Director, Cardiology.

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