What’s it like to have an angioedema?
A heart surgeon is in a race to save his patient from a life-threatening heart condition that has been described as a “miracle” in a case that highlights the dangers of anesthesia.
A 33-year-old man with angio-pulmonary disease underwent surgery Wednesday at the University of Florida’s Center for Heart and Lung Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, to repair a blocked artery in his chest.
The patient, who cannot be named, is expected to have a life expectancy of 10 years and was hospitalized with severe pulmonary edema and a low-grade fever, the hospital said in a statement.
The patient was transported to the hospital by ambulance and the hospital has not released a cause of death.
In the latest case, a 32-year, former Marine with no history of heart disease was treated for angio in 2015 after experiencing a rare form of the disease, the medical group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said.
The hospital said the patient was admitted to the emergency department on Aug. 23 and was receiving oxygen and chest tubes for his condition when he was admitted.
He was placed in an IV with a heart monitor and a defibrillator to monitor his heart rate and oxygen levels, the group said in its statement.
The condition was diagnosed with angiogenesis, a disease of the heart that can lead to pulmonary edemas, according to MSF.
The disease is extremely rare, occurring in about one in every 1,000,000 people in the world.
“The hospital is currently in communication with our colleagues in Brazil to investigate the cause of this patient’s condition,” MSF said.
“Our understanding of the situation is that the patient’s heart rate was not being monitored properly, and he was not receiving the proper amount of oxygen.
In addition, the patient is suffering from severe pulmonary disease, which has caused him to be in a coma.”
The patient has been discharged, the statement said.
He will undergo a cardiac troponin test, which will determine the severity of his condition, MSF added.
In a separate case, doctors in Texas are investigating whether a former Marine was treated incorrectly for angiogenic heart disease while serving in Afghanistan.
A Marine who served in Afghanistan has been charged with causing injury to his own unit and violating his probation after he was charged with aggravated battery and assault in a May incident in Texas, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
According to the indictment, the former Marine, who was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Texas, was charged for allegedly hitting his former commander with a metal pipe after an altercation.
The Marine’s unit was conducting training at the base when the incident occurred, the indictment said.
“This is the first time we have had an allegation that a Marine has been involved in a serious injury to himself or others,” Lt.
Col. Jason P. Ritter, spokesman for the U,S.
Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Command, said in an email.
“We are actively working with the prosecutor’s office and our legal counsel to determine whether there is enough evidence to prosecute,” Ritter added.