Dilip Kumar suffers heart attack, condition stable

Bollywood’s iconic actor Dilip Kumar was admitted to Lilavati Hospital on Sunday following uneasiness in chest but now his condition is stable.

"Dilip Kumar has been admitted to our hospital, he is in the intensive care unit (ICU) and his condition is stable," Lilavati Hospital spokesperson Dr Naresh Trivedi told PTI on Sunday.

He suffered a  massive heart attack and was rushed to Lilavati hospital. "He is aging and has suffered from massive heart attack of the inferior wall," said a source in the hospital.

Kumar was wheeled into the intensive care unit (ICU) of Lilavati Hospital in Bandra West around 9 pm at night.

"He is aging and has suffered from massive heart attack of the inferior wall," said a source in the hospital.

Mr Kumar is under the supervision of cardiologist Dr Nitin Gokhale on the 6th floor in the Intensive Care Unit.

"He is not on ventilator and is conscious," said the source.

"Inferior wall heart attacks are of severe type, " said a doctor. The inferior wall of the heart is above the diaphragm and close to the spine.

"The attack happens when a portion of the heart is cut off of blood supply. Blood supply to the arteries supplying blood to inferior wall can occur due to deposition of fat plaque. Inferior wall is smaller in size hence the impact is huge. Such attacks happen due to multiple reasons including ageing. Surgery might not be a viable option at such an old age and therefore treating doctors might opt for conservative treatment with drugs," said Dr Narendra Bansal, head of cardiology at state-run JJ Hospital in Byculla.

Born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922, in Peshawar (now in Pakistan) his acting career spanned six decades and starred in over 60 films.

Dilip Kumar, 90, is a noted Bollywood actor who delivered many hits and won many awards for his exceptional work. Known as the ‘King of Tragedy’, Dilip Kumar delivered classics like Devdas, Madhumati, Mughal-e-Azam and Ganga Jamuna and list goes on.

He won many Filmfare awards and honored with Padma Bhushan in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.

He was also a Rajya Sabha member from 2000 to 2006.

We wish Dilip Kumar a speedy recovery!