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.
"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.
"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.