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Chronic Smoker Survives Nine Surgeries to Remove Multiple Blocks in His Body

by Julia Samuel on April 21, 2015 at 4:05 PM

Chronic Smoker Survives Nine Surgeries to Remove Multiple Blocks in His Body
Doctors removed nine smoking-induced blockages in the heart, brain, kidneys, hands and legs of a 64-year-old chronic smoker. The four major and a few minor surgeries were done to remove blockages in critical arteries, which was the reason for his heart attack and a possibility for paralysis.

Patil suffered the initial effects of smoking with a minor heart attack and was diagnosed with atherosclerosis which leads to formation of plaque in the arteries and affects blood supply to the organ.
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"After the first angiography, doctors found several blockages in his body. He required a by-pass but for that his kidneys and brain had to function properly. Even those organs had blockages," said Deepak, Patil's son.

The doctors then conducted seven procedures over a month-long hospitalisation to deal with three major blockages in his heart, one in the brain, kidneys, intestines and both hands and legs.
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"Smoking literally affects all vital organs. The effect is in the form of development of blocks in the arteries. Such patients have a tragic end due to paralysis coupled with heart problems, kidney failures, gangrene and infection," said Dr Vijay Surase, Cardiologist, Jupiter Hospital, Thane.

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