Does Not Include
The cost quoted above is indicative and should not be taken as the final cost of the surgery. The final cost can be ascertained after the surgeon has evaluated the patient. The cost in Indian Rupees can vary based on exchange rate.
AICD Cost in India starts from US $ 14,000 and varies depending on the type of Implant, your medical condition and history, comorbidity-if any, surgeon, facility and the city where you choose to get the procedure done.
Factors that affect AICD Implantation Cost in India:
Type of AICD
A significant portion of the overall cost of an AICD implantation arises from the type of implant used. There are different types of implants available which include Single chamber, dual chamber, biventricular and subcutaneous implant. The doctor shall recommend the appropriate implant depending on your medical condition and requirement. IndiCure recommends you to explore the options by consulting our expert Interventional Cardiologists.
An important expense when it comes to your AICD implantation is going to be your Cardiologist’s fees. IndiCure recommends only experienced, skilled, board-certified surgeons who are capable of delivering successful cardiac procedures. Although the charges may vary depending on the experience of the surgeon, you can be completely assured of being in safe and experienced hands when you choose heart surgery in India with IndiCure.
Having your AICD procedure in an accredited surgical facility by skilled and qualified medical staff is a critical factor. Moreover, the geographical location of this facility also affects the quote. But, IndiCure provides you with a projected estimate that will be all inclusive and affordable.
The surgery-related expenses include the pre- and post-surgical expenses. The pre-surgical expenses are associated with the age and medical condition of the patient and thus the number and type of investigations required. Post-surgical expenses may include prescription medications and follow-up consultations.
We at IndiCure, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.
Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the surgeon.
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How AICD Works
What is AICD (Automatic Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator) ?
The automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (AICD) is a device designed to monitor the heartbeat. This device can deliver an electrical impulse or shock to the heart when it senses a life-threatening change in the heart’s rhythm. Like a pacemaker, the AICD is small enough to be implanted under the skin in the upper chest.
The AICD system consists of :
- A pulse generator that can send an electrical impulse or shock to the heart
- Electrodes that sense the rhythm of the heart and deliver a shock to the heart muscle
- Batteries designed to last four to five years and deliver about 100 shocks
- A small computer chip that tells the AICD when to deliver a shock
Your doctor can also program the AICD to deliver a variety of sophisticated electrical therapies depending on the type of abnormal rhythm problem being treated.
When is AICD needed ?
The indications for an AICD are :
- People whose heart suddenly stops
- People who have had documented excessive rapid heartbeats (Ventricular Tachycardia)
- Or patients who are at risk for the above rhythm problems due to:
- A poor or inadequate blood flow to the heart
- A severe heart attack (MI)
- An enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy) or related conditions like congestive heart failure
What are Different Types of AICDs ?
AICDs are classified as :
- Single chamber: These ICDs use a lead (wire) that is attached to the right ventricle to deliver energy.
- Dual chamber: These ICDs use leads that are attached to the right atrium and the right ventricle.
- Biventricular: This type of ICD has leads attached to the right atrium, the right ventricle and the left ventricle. Biventricular ICDs can improve symptoms of heart failure in about two-thirds of patients who remain symptomatic while taking medication for heart failure.
- Subcutaneous: These ICDs work by monitoring the heart rhythm through wires placed just under the skin above the heart. The advantage of a subcutaneous ICD (also called an “S-ICD”) is that there are no wires in the body’s circulatory system, so the risk of the most serious infections is decreased.
How is AICD Procedure done ?
An intravenous (IV) line will be started in your arm. Your doctor will inject a local anesthetic to numb the site where the device will be placed. Typically AICDs are implanted just under the collarbone, usually on the left side.
Your doctor will make a small incision in the skin. From there, lead wires are passed through a vein to your heart and then tested to check their position in your heart.
A little pocket is made under the skin for the pulse generator. It is about the size of a book of matches. The leads are connected to the pulse generator, and tested. Then your doctor will close the incision and program the device.
What is the Recovery after AICD like?
Recovery after AICD implantation is rapid, but arm movement and activity restrictions are advised for the first few weeks. The hospital stay is short, a day or two after the surgery. Routine activities can be resumed in about two weeks.
What Results Can I Expect after AICD Implantation?
An AICD is designed to treat dangerously fast heart rates. It continuously monitors your heart and restores your heart to its normal heart rate. It’s like having an emergency response team with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Questions to Ask
We at IndiCure completely understand your concerns and it is always our endeavor to provide the best outcome for every patient. Following is the list of questions you must ask before you embark on your journey for AICD implantation in India.
- Is the cardiologist board certified?
- How experienced is the doctor?
- Which language does the surgeon speak?
- Is the treatment done in a well-equipped facility?
- What option is recommended for me?
- What about the risks involved?
- Does the surgeon use a certified anesthetist?
- How long will the recovery period be?
Preparation for the Surgery
Prepare to answer questions about your:
- Medical history and exams
- Previous surgeries
- Current medication review
- History of smoking, drugs, or alcohol
Best Cardiologists in India
Dr. Ashok Seth
Dr. Ashok Seth is one of India’s most renowned and sought-after interventional cardiologists, and is regarded as one of the country’s top 10 cardiologists. He has over 32 years of expertise and is known for doing over 50,000 angiograms and 20,000 angioplasties. For executing one of the biggest numbers of angiographies and angioplasties in the world, he was inducted into the “LIMCA” Book of Records.
Dr. T. S. Kler
Dr. T.S. Kler is the Executive Director of Cardiac Sciences at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, as well as the Head of the Cardiology Department. He was the first doctor in India to implant an implanted cardioverter defibrillator in April 1995. (ICD). He also built India’s first electrophysiology department.
Dr. (Col.) Manjinder Singh Sandhu
He is an interventional cardiologist with an impressive 16 years of post-DM expertise and has conducted over 20,000 procedures. His work focuses on difficult coronary treatments such as Primary angioplasty (with thrombosuction devices, IABP, and other techniques), Bifurcation lesions, Chronic complete occlusions, and Left Main lesions. Cutting balloons, angiosculpt, IVUS, Rotablation, and other supplementary devices are among his specialties.
Best Cardiac Hospitals in India
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital
Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi is a state of the art multi speciality tertiary-care hospital situated in the most posh area of South Delhi. Considered to be the flagship hospital of Apollo group, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital is one of the important landmarks not only in Delhi, but in the world map because of its popularity among the medical tourists. The hospital has been one of the most sought after medical institutions for patients from Asia Pacific and beyond.
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre is one of the most revered medical institutions not only in India, but the entire world. The institute has set benchmarks in cardiac care with path-breaking work over the last 25 plus years. The hospital has the most advanced technology and has seen the best outcomes even in the most complex cardiac cases; be it cardiac surgery, Interventional Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery or Non-invasive Cardiology
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I am falling short of words, to express my gratitude to the surgeon who was very helpful and courteous.
Will recommend IndiCure to everyone!
Procedure : CABG surgery
My son 4 years old was born with a heart defect which the doctors said needed a highly specialized surgery. Our cardiologist highly spoke of Indian surgeons and suggested us to go to India and in hindsight now I realize how right he was!
My son was successfully operated and I must thank Indicure for the excellent arrangements they made.
Procedure : ToF surgery
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Procedure : Mitral Valve Replacement
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Procedure : ASD Surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
At rest, the heart rate should be between 60 and 80 beats per minute. The SA(sinoatrial) node, which is located in the right atrium of the heart, generates a stimulation that controls the heartbeat.
The heart beats at 240 beats per minute in ventricular fibrillation because the stimulation is no longer controlled, the heart beats excessively quickly and thus ineffectively. This can even result in stopping blood circulation. Ventricular fibrillation is a life-threatening disorder that can result in cardiac arrest and even death.
AICD is a life-saving device that detects and corrects abnormally rapid heartbeats. When the heart is working normally, this device remains inactive, but when it detects an unusually fast heart beat, it provides little low voltage electrical shocks to the heart, which corrects the incorrect rhythm (anti Tachycardia pacing ). A low energy shock is given in some cases to restore normal rhythm (cardioversion), while a high energy shock is given in a few cases when the heart is beating dangerously rapidly (Defibrillation )
AICD is made up of :
- The generator is implanted under the skin in the upper left chest and contains a battery and a tiny computer.
- Leads or insulated wires connected to the generator on one end and the right chambers of the heart on the other.
The battery in an AICD lasts between 6 and 10 years, depending on usage. When the battery life is up, the entire device must be replaced, although the leads can be reused.
An AICD can provide high or low energy electrical impulses to fix an aberrant heart rhythm, whereas a pacemaker can only send low energy impulses. In cases of sudden cardiac arrest, where high energy impulses (shock) are necessary to restore the heartbeat, an AICD is required and can save a person’s life.
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