We are leading our lives, but at some point of our time we forget to live life because we get busy leading our lives rather than living it to the fullest. We never know what is waiting for us in the next second; that is what life is all about, uncertainty! Recently we lost an eminent figure, Yechiel Eckstein on 7th of February, 2019.
Rabbi Eckstein was the founder of International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, (IFCJ) and the foundation stone was laid in the year 1983 and according to the IFCJ reviews about $1.6 billion sum was raised by this foundation to aid the needy and the Israeli marginalized, the survivors of the holocaust, the less earning Israeli minority classes also including those of Arabs, Bedouins, and Druze.
The goodbye day
Yechiel died on Wednesday, 7th February and the grand funeral was held on Thursday, i.e. on 8th of February, 2019. The funeral service was conducted in Beit Shemesh’s Eretz HaChaim Cemetery. The service was attended by many eminent dignitaries like the David Friedman, the US Ambassador, and the former mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, besides Rabbi Berel Lazar, head of the iconic Chabad in Russia.
The people spoke at the service and Lazar was the first to give his eulogy, in which he spoke many great deeds of the eminent personality, who had dedicated his entire life in serving the low earning minorities of Israel. Secondly it was Yael, daughter of the deceased who spoke emotional words about her father, about how he had worked his entire life uplifting the lives of his people in need. It was a tragic night that ended the strings which the messiah had with his Jewish mates, a tragic tale of a tragic night made the Jewish people bid him at an age of 67!
Heart problems are of different types. Each one needs to be treated in different ways. The treatment procedures available include simple medications to complex heart surgery. The type of surgery that falls midway between the two procedures is the minimally invasive heart surgery meant for valve repairs and replacements. However, though there are standard procedures for the treatment of heart problems, there are indeed certain factors to consider when you are treating elderly patients. Mr. roberto casula a cardiothoracic surgeon and consultant is actively involved in the research and publications in the field of frailty and cardiac surgery.
About frailty assessment
Surgical treatment for heart problems without a doubt is highly risky. The risks involved include minor risks such as infections, stroke etc to major risks like mortality or death. The increased life expectancy of the population, in general, has resulted in a corresponding increase in the average age of persons who are suffering from cardiovascular diseases that require surgical procedures. But, the problem that a surgeon would face when dealing with such old aged frail patients is that they would be highly vulnerable to minor stressors owing to age-related decline in their physical condition. The reason for the decline include factors such as Apoptosis, senescence, repair, inflammation etc. that is why the American Heart Association has acknowledged the need for frailty assessment to distinguish aged patients who might benefit from intervention and those who might gain little or even be harmed by the aggressive procedures adopted for intervention.
The right consultant
Reaching out to the right consultant like roberto casula who is involved in research and publications related to frailty and cardiac surgery would ensure that the aged patient is given the right advice. If at all intervention is suggested, you can be sure that the surgeon would do all that he should ensure that the risks are minimized and the patient does benefit from the cardiac surgery in a big way.