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Heart surgery on 106-year-old woman successful

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Heart surgery on 106-year-old woman successful

Cardiologists at the Ubbo Emmius Clinic (UEK) in Aurich say they have saved the life of the oldest patient in Germany who has ever received cardiac catheter treatment. According to a press release, 106-year-old Erika Diekmann was admitted to the Aurich clinic with severe chest pain. Doctors determined that she had suffered a heart attack caused by a blockage in the right coronary artery, which led to a life-threatening condition.

To save her life, the Aurich cardiologists decided to perform an acute percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). “PTCA is a life-saving treatment option for acute heart attacks that can restore blood flow to the heart,” chief physician Torsten Stein was quoted as saying in the statement.

In this procedure, a thin catheter is inserted through an artery in the groin or wrist and advanced to the heart. Once the catheter has reached the blocked vessel, a small balloon at the end of the catheter is inflated to open the blockage and restore blood flow. Two stents were also inserted to keep the vessels open.

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There was no alternative treatment method for Diekmann, and her general condition was remarkably good despite her age and previous illnesses, the clinic said in a statement. Diekmann recovered very quickly after the procedure. “I feel very good and look forward to spending many more years with my family,” she said, according to the statement. Diekmann still lives independently in her own house.

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