Raju Srivastava Death: Can A Person Suffer Cardiac Arrest After Angioplasty? Here’s what Experts say

Comedian and actor Raju Srivastava died at the age of 58 on 21 September. He was admitted to AIIMS, Delhi after suffering a heart attack while training in the gym on 10 August. He underwent angioplasty the same day and was on ventilation for 41 days. According to an Indian Express report, Raju Srivastav’s nephew Kaushal said the comedian suffered a cardiac arrest on September 21 and succumbed to it. The revelation has left many wondering whether cardiac arrest is possible after angioplasty.

Before continuing to talk about its possibilities, we will first try to understand what angioplasty is.

This is a procedure done to widen the opening of a blood vessel or arteries that narrow or are blocked by plaque to allow normal blood flow to the heart. According to the NHS UK, most modern angioplasty procedures also involve inserting a short wire mesh tube called a stent into the artery. The stent is left permanently in the artery to allow blood to flow more freely.

Speaking about the possibility of a person suffering a heart attack after angioplasty, Dr. Amit Patil, an interventional cardiologist consultant at Wockhardt Hospital in Mumba, told Indian Express that a person who has been resuscitated following cardiac arrest with surgery Immediate medical such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) may cause cardiac arrest again. He added that people who have survived one arrest are more prone to another sudden cardiac arrest.

“Only in stable patients – or those without comorbidities – can angioplasty provide a good outcome with a very low risk of sudden cardiac arrest,” said Dr. Patil.

He explained the case of Raju Srivastava and said that if she suffered cardiogenic shock, even after performing the angioplasty, there was still a 50% chance of suffering a second attack.

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