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60-year-old man diagnosed with Aortic bio-prosthesis Degeneration saved through new minimally Invasive Procedure

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Mumbai, April 21, 2017: A 60-year-old man diagnosed with aortic bio-prosthesis degeneration with severe stenosis — condition in which calcium gets deposited on the aortic valve in the heart — was successfully operated using a new minimally invasive procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

A resident of Solapur, Kishore Rathi’s condition was not serious. Due to his medical condition calcium got deposited on the aortic valve in the heart and could cause narrowing at the opening of the aortic valve.

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According to medical sciences, in such conditions if medical intervention is delayed the narrowing can become severe enough to reduce blood flow through the aortic valve, a condition called aortic valve stenosis. Such conditions lead to progressive deterioration of the heart function and later death.

After examining the condition of Rathi, a team of doctors at the city-based Hinduja hospital was constituted under the leadership of Cardiac surgeon Kaushal Pandey.

According to the doctors, Rathi’s treatment was a little complicated as his earlier surgery was performed using a tissue valve in the procedure.

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“Tissue valve has a limited life span and had to be replaced again. The valve needed to be replaced without putting patient’s health in danger and keeping his age in mind hence a second surgery was ruled out,” said Pandey.

Therefore, the patient’s kin were told about TAVR and it’s benefits over other procedures. After convincing the kin, the TAVR was performed.

Doctors say that TAVR procedure replaces a diseased aortic heart valve through a minimally invasive procedure, without open-heart surgery and without surgical removal of the diseased valve.

The device is typically inserted through an artery in the leg and then guided through the arteries into the heart. Once in place, the device expands and takes over the original valve’s function to enable oxygen-rich blood to flow efficiently out of the heart.

After the TAVR procedure, the patient’s condition progressively improved over the next 24 hours and he was discharged from the hospital on the next day.

“TAVR will change the way we treat Aortic Valve Stenosis. In a few years this newer and relatively latest procedure will replace open heart surgery for treating diseased valves in patients who are at high or extreme risk for surgery,” said Pandey.

He added that patients who undergo a minimally invasive TAVR procedure may experience less down time, faster recovery and often, a shorter hospital stay (3-5 days on average) than patients undergoing open heart surgery. (IANS)

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC