“Heart Failure Clinic is popular and well accepted concept in the Western world, does provide a comprehensive consultation for managing the condition and thus to improve the quality of life. We want to give better healthcare to every individual who comes to Fortis and as part of this ongoing effort we have launched the Heart Failure Clinic today. The next step will be cadaveric heart transplant. We are very keen to make it possible. It is just a matter of time now,” said Samir Singh, Zonal Director, Fortis Healthcare Ltd.(East)
“Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai is the pioneer in heart failure and heart transplant program in India and SE Asia. It has done over 90 heart transplants so far which is the highest number of heart transplants in India and would provide Fortis Hospital, Anandapur the bandwidth to successfully launch the one stop solution for Heart Failure Patients of Eastern India, which includes medical management , heart assist devices and finally leading to heart transplant,” said Dr. K M Mandana, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur.
Dr. Tapas Ray Chaudhuri, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur added , “If blockages in coronary arteries which supply oxygenated blood to heart muscles are neglected over a long time it can lead to Ischemic heart failure. So presence of any significant blockages in coronary arteries has to be treated by balloon angioplasty or bypass surgery at the earliest.”
"Most people think Heart Failure means Heart Attack. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. In some cases, the heart can't fill with enough blood. In other cases, the heart can't pump blood to the rest of the body with enough force. Some people have both problems.The term "heart failure" doesn't mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. However, heart failure is a serious condition that requires medical care," said Dr Soumitra Kumar, Consultant Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Anandapur.
“Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai has been successful in establishing the Largest Heart Transplant program in India as well as introducing new technologies like mechanical circulatory support including Left Ventricular Assist Devices and ECMO pumps for immediate resuscitation of sick cardiac patients, including ECPR for resuscitating patients from cardiac arrest. With a volume of about 8 transplants a month, we are one of the busy heart transplant programmes in the world,” said Dr K R Balakrishnan Director Cardiac Sciences and Chief Heart Transplant Surgeon, Fortis Malar Hospital, Chennai.
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