An 83-year-old woman became the first patient in Kenya to undergo aortic valve replacement without being put under general anaesthesia — Daily Nation

Aga Khan university hospital in Kenya

The two-hour procedure was done at the Aga Khan University Hospital when the patient was fully awake, having only received local anaesthesia (paracetamol) with mild sedation. Valvular heart disease affects many Africans and is commonly related to rheumatic heart disease. A large number of patients require heart surgery to treat the problem. In most cases, heart valve surgery involves opening the chest, stopping the heart, and connecting the patient to a heart-lung bypass machine while the surgeon replaces the valve.

Read on The Nation,Kenya

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