PUNE: Thirteen individuals in the past one year have successfully undergone heart transplant surgeries at city-based Ruby Hall Clinic. Congestive heart failure can plague the life of many.
Dr Jagdish Hiremath, Cardiologist and Director - Cath Lab, Ruby Hall Clinic said that when the programme was started a year ago the aim was 10 heart transplants.
“Having completed thirteen is a creditable task in itself. The first year itself is filled with innumerable challenges for an institute starting with a new programme — right from feasibility issues to settling of the team. There has been no rejection or re-admission in any of the cases,” said Dr Hiremath.
He said the demand for heart transplant is strong and growing: The waiting lists represent only a small fraction of the patients who would benefit from the procedure. “While 50,000 people are in dire need of heart transplants alone, recent statistics reveal that India has seen over 200 transplants being conducted in the last four years itself. With a high success rate matching western standards, it is estimated that the total mortality associated with heart transplant procedure in India is just 10 per cent. It is one of the lowest in the world,” said Dr Hiremath.
Speaking to the press, Dr Sanjay Pathare, Director - Medical Services, Ruby Hall Clinic added that heart failure is one of the most prevalent conditions globally.
“There are about two million new cases in India alone every year with at least a third of them requiring advanced therapy to survive. Shockingly, 30 to 40 per cent of them succumb within a year of diagnosis due to non-availability of appropriate care at the right time,” said Dr Pathare.