The actor-comedian passed away today in Delhi at 10.30 am. Raju was hospitalised after suffering Heart attack while working out at Gym on 10th August but his death has put the spotlight back on heart health. He was Just 58, and is survived by his wife Shikha, and children Antara Srivastava and Ayushman Srivastava.
Raju was admitted at Delhi’s (AIIMS), where he underwent angioplasty and was said to have been critical and on ventilator for over a month.
The news of his demise was confirmed by his brother Dipu, who told, “He passed away on Wednesday morning. His daughter Antara informed me right now. I’m in Mumbai, leaving for Delhi.” According to hospital sources, the comedian died around 10.30am
Is it possible for a patient to suffer a cardiac arrest after they have undergone angioplasty?
“In fact, people who have survived an arrest once, are more prone to sudden cardiac arrest again,” he said, adding that experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest after angioplasty depends on the condition of the patient.
if he was in a ‘cardiogenic shock’ then even after performing an angioplasty there would be a 50 per cent chance that he would succumb to cardiac arrest. Only in 50 per cent of critical patients, there are chances of survival. Only in those patients who are stable — or those who do not have comorbidities — can angioplasty yield a good result with very low chances of sudden cardiac arrest,”
“Patients who have undergone angioplasty or bypass surgery for cardiac blocks can face a cardiac arrest because of the re-occurrence of the block or weak pumping action of the heart. A heart showing a pumping capacity below 35-40 per cent has a 10-15 per cent chance of cardiac arrest. This is due to the presence of dead tissues that causes electrical disturbances and sudden cardiac death. Even after angioplasty and bypass surgery, weak heart pumping and a sudden heart attack can increase the risk of sudden cardiac death,” he explained.
What is angioplasty and when is it required?
As mentioned earlier, the actor-comedian had undergone a process called ‘angioplasty’ which, according to cardiologist is a procedure done to enlarge the opening in a blood vessel or arteries that has become narrowed or blocked by plaque, to enable normal blood flow in the heart.
When is it required?
“When a patient suffers an acute heart attack or severe anginal pain while exerting during a physical activity — and they collapse — an angioplasty must be conducted. If there are significant blocks in the arteries in the heart that hamper the normal blood flow, and the anatomy of the patient is favourable for the procedure, then it is conducted,”
Angioplasty a procedure done to enlarge the opening in a blood vessel or arteries that has become narrowed or blocked by plaque, to enable normal blood flow in the heart.