Nawaz Sharif Soon to Undergo Cardiac Procedure as his Blood Platelet Count Remains Unstable

Nawaz Sharif

After a month, released on bail from a seven-year prison sentence for corruption, Nawaz Sharif had left for London in an air ambulance to get medical treatment On November 19.

The 69-year-old ailing former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is under treatment in London. He will be hospitalized soon for a cardiac procedure. The doctors have failed to ascertain the real cause for his low blood platelet count, according to a media account.

Sharif is undergoing medication of several diseases including coronary artery disease (CAD). The CAD is the contraction or blockage of the coronary arteries owing to which the heart does not obtain the blood it requires. It leads to severe chest pain and, in some cases, a serious heart attack.

Most probably he will be taken to the UK’s Royal Brompton Hospital on Friday. The cardiologists have advised Sharif that he must have a cardiac procedure.

Sharif has been advised that it will be determined within a week whether he will need a heart operation or a bypass, or a heart stent. The issue of his blood platelets remains uncertain and his blood platelets remain unbalanced.

Sharif’s physician- Adnan Khan had said that doctors were going through the whole medical history of the former prime minister. Thus, they have recommended that Nawaz needs cardiac intervention.

Past month, Simon Redwood, a cardiovascular interventionist at the London Bridge Hospital said that Sharif should be admitted to a hospital for a heart procedure. It is understood that the real reason for low platelet count of Sharif is still uncertain.

The doctors at the Royal Brompton Hospital told that Sharif’s cardiac Positron-emission tomography (PET) scan suggested ischemic myocardium, a partial or complete blockage of a coronary artery by a buildup of plaques. Due to this, his heart lacks blood supply which is a risk for heart attack. It is also a cause of his ongoing angina, a type of chest pain caused by deficient blood flow to the heart.

Sharif was transferred from jail to the Services hospital in Lahore in October after his health condition worsened. Later, doctors recommended him to seek treatment abroad.

The Pakistan government permitted Sharif’s travel for medical reasons. But Nawaz had to submit an indemnity bond as a guarantee that he would return to the country after getting cured. Nawaz rejected this bond and challenged it in courts. Later, he was granted bail by the Islamabad High Court on humanitarian grounds in the Al Aziza case. In November, he was permitted by the Lahore High Court to travel out of the country for treatment without any bond.


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