Jason's Story

Jason is a young, fit, healthy 32 year old man. He was active, running 5-6 times per week for 45 mins each. He had no symptoms that suggested any heart problems and lived a very healthy lifestyle so the episode that led Jason to see Mr Deshpande was totally out of the blue.

6 weeks ago Jason was out on a 5km run when he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated at the scene and taken to King’s College Hospital. At King’s Jason was diagnosed with a blocked coronary artery and was told he had suffered a cardiac arrest. Following this he was referred to Mr Deshpande. Jason decided to be transferred to London Bridge Hospital for surgery. He required endoscopic coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Mr Ranjit Deshpande carried out Jason’s surgery, he is one the UK leading minimally invasive cardiac surgeons and is specially trained in endoscopic heart surgery. “Endoscopic” refers to a specific type of minimally invasive cardiac surgery in which the rib cage is not opened and the heart artery bypass is done via a small (2 inches) cuts between the ribs. This facilitates a very speedy recovery of just 2 weeks. Mr Deshpande also recommended Jason have an ICD implanted. This is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator which is a small battery-powered device placed in your chest to detect and stop abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias).

Jason was incredibly lucky that he was swiftly in very good hands and is now well on the road to successful recovery. He spent 6 days in hospital having 2 operations in that time. Since being home, his recovery has been very good, he is moving around, walking and whilst there is some tightness from the ICD he is feeling very much back to normal! Jason has had 6 weeks of limited exercise during his recovery but is ready to get back to running now!