|Doctors at HCM City’s District 11 Hospital examine a patient who received a pacemaker to correct her abnormally slow heart rate. Photo courtesy of the hospital|
HCM CITY — Doctors at HCM City’s District 11 Hospital performed their first pacemaker implant surgery on an 82-year-old woman last week, who is expected to be discharged from the hospital this week.
The patient was hospitalised on June 26, with symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, and lack of appetite. Her heart rate was 44 beats per minute compared to the normal rate of between 60 and 100.
She was being treated for hypertension and urinary tract infection, and formerly had heart failure.
Dr Đặng Trường Tiến of the hospital’s department of cardiology, said the pacemaker was essential for her survival. Her heart rate is now 60 beats per minute.
Sponsors paid for the surgery, according to the hospital, which had called for donors to pay for the pacemaker implant. — VNS