The Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in Kano, Kano State, has successfully conducted a cardiac pacemaker implantation on 87 year-old Shehu Bashir-Nababa.
The hospital’s Deputy Director of Information, Malam Aminu Inuwa, disclosed this to newsmen on Friday in Kano.
Inuwa in a statement 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.
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.
“The third degree heart block represents low heart rate less than 40 beats per minute, sync opal attacks and high blood pressure,’’ he said.
Inuwa in the statement explained that the pacemaker lead electrode wire was inserted into the right ventricle through the vein in the left upper chest and the electrode was connected to the pulse generator placed under the skin.
“The function of 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 advised the public to be more vigilant in identifying the signs and symptoms of the problem.
He said that some people, even, among health professionals wrongly interpret or treat it as epilepsy.
The patient, Bashir-Nababa , commenting 48 hours after the surgery, expressed his gratitude to Allah for saving him from the trouble of recurrent seizure.