Best Hospitals for Heart Transplant

A heart transplantation is required in patients with a diseased heart. It is often recommended to patients whose heart function does not improve even after surgeries and continuous and prolonged use of medications. During the heart transplant procedure, the diseased heart is replaced with a fully functional heart. The heart used for replacement is retrieved from a patient who is brain-dead but is still on a life support system.

Because of the unavailability of a sufficient number of brain-dead donors, heart transplant surgery is still a rare procedure, even though it is a life-saving procedure. Moreover, there are just a handful of families who agree to donate the heart of their close ones because of aesthetic reasons. Even though heart transplant procedure is a major one, the chances of survival after the surgery is generally good. However, heart transplant survival rate largely depends on how well the patient has been taken care of after the surgery.

Treatment and Cost

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Total Days
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  • 10 Day in Hospital
  • 2 No. Travelers
  • 35 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 100000

28 Hospitals


Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre located in Chennai, India is accredited by ISO, JCI, NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The best minds in healthcare including specialists, and other healthcare professionals work together to treat patients with simple to complex and critical conditions.
  • The number of inpatients and outpatients (annually) are 35,000 and 2,50,000 respectively.
  • A wide range of surgical specialties, sub specialties are available in Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre Chennai.
  • The bed capacity of the hospital is 800 which is inclusive of 200 Intensive Care Unit beds.
  • Blood Bank and Eye Bank are available on a 24/7 basis.

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DOCTORS IN 10 SPECIALITIES

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Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital located in Novena, Singapore is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Capacity of 333 beds
  • Intensive Care Unit beds
  • Endoscopy beds
  • Day ward with 20 beds
  • 13 Operating Theatres, which includes 1 Neurological operating room, 2 Cardiac operating rooms, 4 Orthopaedic operating rooms, etc.
  • High Dependency Unit (HDU)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • 24/7 Accident & Emergency Department
  • Maternity ward
  • 1 major operating unit with 13 operating rooms inclusive of 1 hybrid theatre
  • In-house Pharmacy
  • Rooms are categorized as Single Signature Rooms, Junior Suite and Regal Suite
  • All patient rooms are equipped with electric safe, LCD, sofa cum bed, wardrobe, radio channels, and much more

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Apollo Hospital located in Chennai, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Committed Centers of Excellence involving many major specialties, super specialties
  • Assistance in trip planning and execution
  • Insurance related assistance
  • Visa facilitation
  • International patient representatives for complete end to end travel and transfer processing for medical travellers
  • Language translators availability
  • Robust safety and infection protocols
  • Personalised, Visa and Premium Health Checks available
  • Health Library and accessing health records online
  • Wide variety of procedures accomplished including complex and critical procedures
  • Technologically advanced systems and procedures in place
  • Research and academics base of healthcare delivery

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DOCTORS IN 13 SPECIALITIES

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BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals located in Bengaluru, India is accredited by NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • The BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital at Kengeri has a capacity of 500 beds.
  • There are 14 operation theatres in this healthcare facility at Kengeri.
  • It is a technologically advanced hospital with imaging facilities, Transplant ICU.
  • A professionally managed International patient center caters to the huge influx of overseas patients.
  • Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Richmond Road is associated with the latest imaging services, pathology laboratory and in house pharmacy.
  • The Richmond Road hospital is a 40-bed healthcare specialty.
  • It specialises in preventive medicine options which makes regular health check ups a reality for patients.

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DOCTORS IN 14 SPECIALITIES

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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital is known for delivering treatment to over 200,000 patients every year; 10,000 of which are generally medical tourists. The efficient team of doctors has the record of 99.6 percent success rate. Indraprastha Apollo Hospital deals in treatment of over 50 specialities.  

Let’s see some of the features of the infrastructure:

  • Spread over 15 acres, the hospital has 710 beds.
  • 6 beds dedicated to bone marrow transplant units with very strict infection control practices.
  • 64-Slice Scan coupled with data acquisition which provides highest temporal resolution
  • One of the hospitals to be using Da Vinci Robotics Surgery System
  • In South Asia, the Spect-CT and Pet-CT got their first installation at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in India
  • Technologies such as PET- MR, BrainLab Navigation System, PET-CT, Portable CT Scanner, Tilting MRI, NovalisTx, Cobalt based HDR Brachytherapy, Hyperbaric Chamber, DSA Lab, Fibroscan, 3 Tesla MRI, Endosonography, 128 Slice CT scanner are all installed at the hospital.
  • The Cancer Institute at Indraprastha Apollo is equipped with a highly advanced Radiation Oncology Center with ClinaciX, NovalisTx, and HDR-Brachytherapy.
  • It is equipped with the largest Sleep Lab in Asia, & has one of the largest Dialysis Units in India.
  • A large number of ICU beds than any other Private Hospitals in India.
  • WIFI is accessible across the whole campus.

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DOCTORS IN 14 SPECIALITIES

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Manipal Hospital, Dwarka located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 380 beds with 13 modular state-of-art OTs, 118 critical care beds, along with technological advancements like automated pneumatic chute system, telemedicine, remote monitoring, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented thinking, EMR, etc.
  • 24X7 emergency and trauma services

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DOCTORS IN 13 SPECIALITIES

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Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Best treatment options in the world for local as well as international patients at economical prices.
  • Luxurious yet comfortable hospital infrastructure which is equipped with the cutting edge equipment and technologies.
  • Laboratories which provide an integrated healthcare delivery opportunity to patients coming to the healthcare facility.
  • There are several accomodation faciliities that are available in close proximity to the hospital.
  • Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Delhi/NCR is constructed over an area of 1, 50,000 sq feet.
  • The hospital has a 200 bed capacity.
  • Experienced and well educated specialists and other healthcare personnel.
  • Complex and critical procedures are performed in the hospital on a regular basis and are seen to have high success rates.
  • The vision of the hospital is Saving and Enriching lives.
  • The hospital possesses syringe pumps, portable monitor, oxygen cylinder, portable monitor, emergency medicine pulse oximeter.
  • 24X7 emergency and trauma care

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DOCTORS IN 11 SPECIALITIES

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With 32 years of experience in performing heart surgery, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute is one of the best heart transplant hospitals in India. The hospital’s Electrophysiology Program is well equipped to provide specialized treatments for heart failure, such as CRT-P, CRT-D, VT ablation and AF ablation. Fortis Escorts’ Non-invasive Cardiac Laboratory specializes in stress echoes, vascular dopplers, dobutamine stress echoes, and trans-oesophageal echoes.

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DOCTORS IN 11 SPECIALITIES

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Recognized as one of the best hospitals for heart transplant in India, BLK Super Speciality Hospital has a robust programme for Heart Transplant. The hospital is amongst the few centres offering Minimal Invasive heart transplant surgeries in India. Their heart failure and transplant unit is completely dedicated to the evaluation, assessment, and effective treatment of the patients suffering from heart failure.

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DOCTORS IN 14 SPECIALITIES

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Fortis Memorial Research Institute located in Gurugram, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Fortis Memorial Research Institute has the potential to have a 1000 bed capacity.
  • The hospital is proud to have the Da Vinci Robot.
  • There is also the 3-Tesla MRI present in the hospital.
  • There are as many as 15 Operation Theatres.
  • A Comprehensive ECMO in tandem with Critical Care Programme is also present.
  • Elekta Linear Accelerator as well as Brain Suite is available in Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Delhi/NCR.
  • There are 12 specialties present in FMRI.

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DOCTORS IN 14 SPECIALITIES

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Max Super Speciality Hospital is a multi- super speciality intensive care centre, which has an excellent team of doctors, most advanced infrastructure of global standards in services and diagnosis, best practices for treatment, and the latest technology of machinery.

Infrastructure & Facilities:

  • OTs & ICUs - The operation theatres backed by state-of-the-art technology like C-arms and blood gas analysers.
  • 539+ beds critical care beds, 450 doctors, 3 cathlabs, 20 operation theatres across an integrated network
  • Has a spectrum of diagnostic & therapeutic technologies, including state-of-the-art technologies
  • Technological Advancements - TrueBeam Linac with Exactrac, Intra-Operative and Portable CT scanners with Navigation, stereotactic body radiation therapy, Bi-Plane Digital Cathlab, Extra Corporeal Membrane Therapy, The Da Vinci Xi Robotic System, Robotic Heart Surgery
  • Pick and drop facility from/to the Airport
  • Foreign exchange facility
  • Accommodation arrangement for the accompanying attendant
  • Customized diet for patient and attendant
  • Laundry services
  • Admission in the hospital
  • Registration with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office
  • Accommodation arrangements post discharge
  • Prayer room
  • Wi-Fi / internet service in the room
  • Dedicated Guest House for International Patients
  • Travel arrangement for patient & attendant post discharge
  • Tele-consults post discharge
  • Assistance in getting doctor’s opinion
  • In-house translators for patient’s comfort

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DOCTORS IN 14 SPECIALITIES

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Sheba Medical Center located in Tel-Hashomer, Israel is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Sheba Medical Center has a 1900 bed capacity.
  • It also consists of as many as 120 departments and clinics.
  • Sheba treats a large number of national and international patients from many Asian and European countries among others.
  • International patient care services in Sheba are very strong, this also includes the travel, stay, transfer related coordination with translator services.
  • The healthcare personnel working in Sheba Medical Center are fluent in English, documents are also available in this common denominator language.
  • Rehabilitation services are available for long term recovery and return back to a normal life and activity. This could include conditions related to Orthopedics, Neurology, psychiatry, old age and injuries etc.

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DOCTORS IN 9 SPECIALITIES

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Medical Park Goztepe Hospital located in Istanbul, Turkey is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Capacity of 293 beds
  • 9 Operating theatres
  • 64 intensive care beds
  • Emergency Department
  • Chemotherapy Unit
  • Well-equipped rooms, designed to maximize exposure to day light and service approach is based on boutique hotel business
  • Cafeteria/Restaurant
  • Technology Advancement- 64-slice Computerized Tomography, high level Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, Tomography scanner, Digital Mammography, Digital X-ray scanner, Ultrasound and Color Doppler, Digital and Peripheral Angiography and 4D Ultrasound device

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DOCTORS IN 12 SPECIALITIES

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, VM Medical Park Bursa Hospital located in Bursa, Turkey has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Covers an area of 55,000 sqm
  • Capacity of 270 beds
  • 10 Operating rooms
  • 83 intensive care beds
  • Helipad for Emergency Transfers

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DOCTORS IN 12 SPECIALITIES

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Apollo Hospitals Bannerghatta located in Bengaluru, India is accredited by JCI, NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Bed Capacity is 250
  • Largest and most sophisticated sleep laboratory in the world
  • Technological powerhouse with latest equipments
  • 120 slice CT angiogram
  • 3 Tesla MRI
  • Low energy & High energy Linear Accelerators
  • Navigation System in surgical procedures
  • 4-D Ultrasound for 4 dimensional sonography
  • Digital Fluoroscopy
  • Gamma Camera
  • Stereotactic Robotic Radio- surgery
  • Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Robotic assisted surgeries
  • Thallium Laser-First in India
  • Holmium Laser-First in South India
  • Digital X-Ray-First in Karnataka
  • 100 plus consultants
  • Uses Y shaped stent for tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Four autologous chondrocyte implantations procedure is performed and several more like Spinal angiolipoma excision, Tibial tuberosity shift with MPSL reconstruction
  • Biggest series of airway stents in India
  • The Minimal Access Surgery Centre (MASC) centre of excellence

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About the Heart Transplant

A heart transplantation is required in patients with a diseased heart. It is often recommended to patients whose heart function does not improve even after surgeries and continuous and prolonged use of medications. During the heart transplant procedure, the diseased heart is replaced with a fully functional heart. The heart used for replacement is retrieved from a patient who is brain-dead but is still on a life support system.

Because of the unavailability of a sufficient number of brain-dead donors, heart transplant surgery is still a rare procedure, even though it is a life-saving procedure. Moreover, there are just a handful of families who agree to donate the heart of their close ones because of aesthetic reasons. Even though heart transplant procedure is a major one, the chances of survival after the surgery is generally good. However, heart transplant survival rate largely depends on how well the patient has been taken care of after the surgery. Heart transplant surgery is mostly performed in patients with heart failure, which may happen because of any of the following conditions:

  • Cardiomyopathy or weakening of the heart muscles
  • Previously failed heart transplant procedure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Cardiac valve disease
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Amyloidosis
  • Abnormal heart rhythm

Heart transplantation surgery is often coupled with the transplant of some other organ in patients with specific conditions. These organs may include kidney, liver, or lung, depending on the condition of the patient and the ailment he or she is suffering from. Not every heart patients, however, is eligible to undergo the heart transplant surgery. Patients with a previous history of cancer, a major illness that would anyway shorten their lifespan, active infection, advanced age, or unhealthy lifestyle habits are not recommended to undergo heart transplant surgery.

How is Heart Transplant performed?

The following steps are typically performed during the heart transplant surgery:

  • You will receive general anaesthesia so that you remain asleep during the surgery. Anesthesia ensures that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
  • As the heart transplant procedure is performed on a non-beating heart, you will be connected to a heart-lung bypass machine. This machine takes over the functioning of the normal blood circulation temporarily.
  • The surgeons will make an incision in your chest and separate the chest bone to open the rib cage. This will expose your heart.
  • The diseased heart is removed and replaced with the donor’s heart. All of the major blood vessels are connected to the donor’s heart.
  • The heart starts beating as soon as you are removed from the artificial heart-lung bypass machine.
  • The surgeons may deliver a shock to the donor’s heart to make it beat if required.
  • The chest is sewn back once the beating of the donor’s heart is restored.

Recovery from Heart Transplant

You may expect to receive a couple of medications after the surgery to ease the pain. You may also be kept on a ventilator for a few hours or days to ease beating. Additionally, a chest tube may be put to drain fluids from the chest. You may also expect to receive fluids through IV following the surgery.

Recovery after heart transplantation surgery is slow. You will be required to visit the surgeon for frequent follow-ups. They will advise you to undergo a series of tests every time you visit, including echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, and blood tests. You will also be required to undergo heart biopsies to check for signs of organ rejection. During a biopsy, a pathologist will look into a tiny heart tissue under a microscope. Additionally, you will be required to make several long-term adjustments into your schedule after you’ve had a heart transplant. You will be required to take immunosuppressants and make adjustments for medications. You will require an intensive emotional support during cardiac rehabilitation. Therefore, make sure to have your near and dead ones around you during the recovery phase.

You will also be advised to make several adjustments to your lifestyle to speed up recovery. This includes guidelines pertaining to exercising, healthy diet, sunscreen use, and tobacco consumption.

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