■Text by Reporter Peng Xuhui
News Recently, the children of a centenarian came to the Cardiology Department of Jing'an District Central Hospital and presented a plaque saying "With your excellent medical skills and noble medical ethics, a centenarian has had a new lease of life in succession after several times of replacement of pacemakers. We wish the hospital world renown and continue to set new record of pacemaker implantation", to express their thanks to the medical team. A child of this old man excitedly said, "My father is 103 years old this year, and the successful replacement of the heart pacemaker has given him a new lease of life. We are very grateful for the masterly skill and careful nursing given by Director Wang Jun of the Cardiology Department and his team. They are just like members of our family."
The reporter learned that this old man was a frequent patient in the cardiology department of the hospital. In 2007, Wang Jun and his team implanted the first heart pacemaker for him because of cardiogenic syncope and three degree atrioventricular block. He was 91 years old then. Seven years later, because the battery life of the pacemaker was near the end, this 98-year-old man accepted the replacement surgery of pacemaker in the hospital again. It was with the help of the pacemaker that the old man never fainted again, and he was able to take care of himself and enjoy a happy life in his old age. In March this year, this old man aged 103 was readmitted because of the exhaustion of his pacemaker battery. His heart relies on pacemaker completely, and once the pacemaker stops working, his life will be in danger. Therefore, it was imperative to replace the pacemaker again.
As a result, their efforts were well paid off. The operation was smooth and there were no complications, setting a new record for the age at which pacemakers were implanted and highlighting the superior skill of this hospital in the treatment of pacemakers. Although Wang Jun and his team have rich experience in pacemaker implantation, they still cannot take this issue lightly because over-aged patients face higher risks, including cardiopulmonary insufficiency during surgery, concurrent infection after surgery and deep venous thrombosis in lower limb, which are of a much higher probability than that faced by average patients. Thus, the medical team had discussed and refined the operation procedure repeatedly and made various emergency plans.
Wang Jun, Principal of the Medical Team of the Cardiology Department, also reminded the elderly that the main initial symptoms of cardiac conduction system diseases are chest distress, chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitation, dizziness, tiredness, etc., which patients should pay more attention to and receive treatment in time.