Dasmunsi off ventilator as condition improves

October 15th, 2008 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia GandhiNew Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was taken off the ventilator Wednesday, with the doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) indicating an “improvement” in his health.“He is off the ventilator and does not need any cardiac support,” AIIMS medical superintendent D.K. Sharma told IANS.

Dasmunsi, 63, was rushed to the hospital past midnight Monday after he complained of breathlessness due to lung congestion caused by heart failure, Sharma said. He was put on a ventilator.

This was his second heart attack in three months.

Sharma said there has been a “gradual and slow improvement” in the minister’s health since he has been admitted to the hospital.

“His vital parameters are normal. His blood pressure, heart rate, renal function and blood sugar are under control. He is breathing normally,” he added.

He, however, said a team of doctors are keeping a close watch and monitoring his health.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss visited the senior Congress leader, who has a 10-year history of diabetes.

Dasmunsi, who also heads the West Bengal Congress Committee, was admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) in AIIMS.

He had suffered a heart attack July 8. “He had undergone an angioplasty and stenting of two coronary arteries,” Sharma said.

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