Kolkata: Former Indian skipper and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday has undergone angioplasty after he suffered a ‘mild’ cardiac arrest. His health condition is stable now, doctors in the medical team said.
"Sourav Ganguly is stable after undergoing angioplasty. He is conscious and stable now. He has a minor cardiac issue while doing some workout in his home gymnasium," said Saroj Mondal, the head of medical team treating the BCCI chief.
The doctor said that Ganguly, 48, was immediately moved to the hospital and all necessary medical treatments were provided. "He underwent angiography and angioplasty. He is now stable. There are multiple issues for the cardiac attack. He will be able to join his daily activities soon," said Mondal, who also heads the cardiology department of the state-run SSKM Hospital.
Sources said that there are two more blockages in his heart for which he will be treated. A stent insertion has been done as 90 per cent blockage was found in one of his arteries. He will be monitored for the next 48 hours.
Ganguly suffered a sudden blackout following mild chest pain during a workout session at his Behala residence this morning. He called up his family doctor who advised him to get admitted to a hospital immediately. He was moved to Kolkata's Woodlands Hospital at around 1 pm.
He became the BCCI's 39th president succeeding C K Khanna, who was the interim head of the Board since 2017.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: "Sad to hear that Sourav Ganguly suffered a mild cardiac arrest and has been admitted to hospital." Banerjee also wished him a speedy and full recovery. "My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family," the CM said.
Sources close to Ganguly said that an ECG test was conducted upon him after he was rushed to the hospital. He is now stable and out of danger. A troponin-T test was also performed upon the BCCI chief at the hospital to determine the cause of his sudden chest pain.
A medical team, led by state-run SSKM Hospital's cardiology department head Saroj Mondal, is looking after Ganguly's health check-ups at the hospital. He was shifted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed from the emergency observation ward, sources said.
West Bengal urban development and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim and minister Arup Biswas went to the hospital to enquire about Ganguly's health. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also paid a visit to the hospital along with his wife Sudesh Dhankhar.
"I am expressing my best wishes for the speedy recovery of Sourav Ganguly. He lives in our hearts and we all have great regard for him. He has performed for the country in a manner that makes us proud. The moment I got the news I got in touch with the hospital authorities and they told me about his health ailment. He is being well looked after," the Governor told media persons at Raj Bhavan.
“It is sad. I wish him speedy recovery and get back to normalcy,” said former Indian skipper Dilip Vengsarkar.
“It’s shocking news. Hope nothing is too serious. I wish and pray that he should get back to normalcy at the earliest,” said MSK Prasad, chairman of the BCCI selection committee.
The development came at a time when speculations were rife about his joining politics ahead of the state assembly elections likely in April-May this year.
According to political circles in West Bengal, the former batting great could join the BJP, but Ganguly himself never made his intentions quite clear about taking the political plunge.
(With inputs from agencies)