Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is heart transplant possible in India?
Yes, heart transplant is possible in India. In fact, there are state of the art hospitals in India which have the same success rate for heart transplant as the best in the world. More than 400 heart transplants have been done in India, and many patients from across the world choose heart transplant in India because of the much lesser cost of the surgery as compared to the Western countries.
2. What is the cost of the human heart in India?
The cost of heart transplant in India starts from US $ 45,000 and varies depending on different factors. You will be put on a waiting list for the heart transplant and shall be called for the surgery as soon as a suitable deceased heart becomes available.
3. How long is the waiting time to get a heart in India?
There is no fixed waiting time for availability of a heart in India. If you are found to be a suitable candidate for heart transplant, you shall be put on a wait list. You may be lucky to fine a suitable heart in a few weeks or it may take several months before you can find a suitable organ and undergo the surgery.
4. What is the success rate of heart transplant in India?
The global heart transplant survival rate for adults is greater than 85 percent after one year and 70 percent after five years, and it is exactly the same in India.
5. How long can you live with a heart transplant?
85-90 out of 100 people survive for at least one years after the heart transplant, while around 70 out of hundred survive for 5 years or more after the heart transplant. With advancements in the technology, both the chances of survival and the quality of life are improving after the heart transplant.
6. Can you live without a heart?
While waiting for a transplant, a device called the Total Artificial Heart lets some of the sickest heart failure patients live outside of the hospital. It works as a lifeline for some of the most severe heart-failure cases.The device, which was first introduced in 1969 and has been improving since the 1980s, isn't for everyone, however.
In roughly 85 to 90 percent of patients with advanced end-stage heart failure, only the left ventricle is damaged, qualifying them for a smaller, less invasive pump known as a left ventricular assist device (LVAD).
7. How much does a heart transplant cost?
According to consulting firm Milliman, the average invoiced cost of a heart transplant is $1,382,400 in the USA. The cost of heart transplant in India with the same success rate and similar quality of care and services is around $45,000, plus the cost of stay till you get a donor heart and travel. Even if you add these costs, it is way cheaper to get a heart transplant in India.
8. How long is the hospital stay after a heart transplant?
The typical length of stay in the hospital is two to four weeks. The CICU- Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, is where you spend half of your time, and the cardiac floor is where you spend the other half. When patients leave the CICU, they are transferred to a private room on the cardiac floor, where they will continue to recuperate, be monitored for rejection and other issues, and have their medications adjusted.