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All eyes on Suchitra’s irregular heartbeat

Doctors treating 82-year-old screen icon Suchitra Sen were trying different medicines to stabilise her oscillating heartbeat and pulse.

“The nebuliser medication used for treating asthma was causing irregular heartbeats and pulse rate fluctuations. Her condition has to be stabilised,” said a source at Belle Vue Clinic where she was admitted on December 23 night with an acute chest infection.

The actress who has been shunning the public eye for decades was shifted from a private room to the intensive therapy unit (ITU) last Sunday after her condition worsened.

Her heartbeat increased on Wednesday afternoon and a cardiologist was added to the team of doctors treating her.

Critical care expert Subrata Maitra heads the six-member medical board in charge of Sen’s treatment.

By Thursday evening, her condition improved and she had a light diet of soup, toast, custard and payesh.

“Suchitra Sen’s medical condition is stable. The vital parameters are satisfactory. She is under constant monitoring to observe her heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. She is under review by a cardiologist,” the bulletin issued by the hospital said.

“She took her normal prescribed diet. Routine relevant investigations are on,” it added. Sen continued to be on oxygen support and antibiotics.

Doctors would keep her in the ITU for another three-four days. A scheduled cataract surgery on Sen’s right eye has been postponed because of her ill health.

“Daughter Moon Moon Sen was by her side through the day,” the source said.

In 2012, she was admitted to Belle Vue for a surgery in the left wrist, which she had fractured in a fall.