Ajit Wadekar undergoes angioplasty at Jaslok Hospital

Jul 19, 2013, 00:27 IST | Anuradha Varanasi

Former captain Ajit Wadekar (72), who played for India between 1966 and 1974, was admitted to Peddar Road's Jaslok Hospital on Wednesday following complaints of chest pain.

“He underwent an angiography on Thursday morning after which an angioplasty was conducted due to 90 per cent blockage in one of his right arteries causing the coronary artery to significantly narrow,” said Dr AB Mehta, a cardiologist at the hospital.

Ajit Wadekar
Ajit Wadekar

“Following the angioplasty, the blockage in his right artery was reduced to zero per cent and his condition is stable.

A bio-absorbable stent was used, which is a new invention, and it will disappear within the body in the next six to 12 months,” added Dr Mehta.

As a bio-absorbable stent is made from material that can dissolve in the body, it expands the vessel further to prevent or alleviate a blockage.

Wadekar is expected to be discharged on Saturday and is currently recuperating at the Peddar Road hospital. He had undergone an angioplasty around 20 years ago for one of his left arteries in the same hospital.  

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