Dasmunsi on ventilator after heart attack (Third Lead)

October 13th, 2008 - 10:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia GandhiNew Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was put on the ventilator at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Monday after he suffered a second heart attack in three months. His condition is serious but stable, doctors said.“He is in stable condition. His blood pressure, heart rate, respiration etc have been maintained. But he continues to be in a serious condition,” D.K. Sharma, medical superintendent of AIIMS, told IANS.

Dasmunsi was rushed to the hospital at around 2.30 a.m. Monday after he complained of breathlessness due to lung congestion caused by heart failure, Sharma said. He was put on the ventilator.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi visited Dasmunsi, 63, and spent some time with his family, hospital sources said.

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss also visited the hospital to enquire about his health, officials said.

The senior Congress leader has a 10-year history of diabetes.

“Improvement in his health since he has been admitted has been minimal. He is under close observation,” Sharma said.

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

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

“His condition is being closely monitored by a team of doctors,” he added. The team of doctors is being led by the head of the department of cardiology V.K. Behl.

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