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A heart transplant is a complex surgical procedure that involves the removal of a diseased or damaged heart from the patient's body and replacing it with a healthy heart taken from a suitable donor, who has been declared brain dead. Since the first procedure, which was performed in 1967, heart transplantation has emerged as an established treatment for Complex heart ailments. A heart transplant is usually recommended as the last resort of treatment when all other options fail to give the desired results. 
In order to get the transplant, the patients have to undergo detailed screening, after which, they are placed on the transplant list. Once a suitable donor is found, you will be informed to get ready for the transplant. 

Indications of heart transplant
Heart transplant is usually recommended to patients suffering from end-stage heart disease, whose heart muscles are not healthy enough to pump blood and support other functions performed by the heart. Although the term heart failure suggests that the heart has stopped beating, contrary to this, heart failure actually means that the muscles of the heart have lost their ability to pump blood efficiently. Some of the major causes of heart failure include:

  • Myocardial infarction,  commonly referred to as heart attack
  • Chronic viral infection involving the heart muscles
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Heart valve disease
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Arrhythmia, marked by an irregular heartbeat
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Excessive alcohol consumption or substance abuse
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Anaemia

What is done during a heart transplant? 
The donor heart is harvested inside the patient's body surgically, under the influence of anaesthesia. The donor heart is first assessed to ensure that it is ready for the transplant. The doctors will then make an incision on the patient's chest, to access the diseased heart, and remove it carefully, paving way for the placement of the new heart. While the procedure is being carried out, the patient is kept on a heart-lung bypass machine. This is done to ensure a continuous supply of blood to other parts of the patient's body. Once the new heart has been harvested properly, the bypass machine is detached, allowing the heart to carry out its function. 

Advantages of heart transplant
Various advantages of heart transplant include:

  • Increase lifespan with better quality of life
  • Enhanced energy levels
  • Improved General Health
  • Ability to indulge in normal day to day activities

Why Eternal Hospital?
At Eternal Hospital, we have a highly qualified and dedicated team of cardiologists who are always committed to providing the latest and most advanced medical care to all our patients. Being a trusted name in healthcare, we act compassionately while ensuring confidentiality to those who need it. We have set high standards in patient-centric premium care along with outstanding patient safety and exceptional maintenance in a timely manner. We adhere to the use of up to the minute innovations to offer state-of-the-art treatments to our patients with unparalleled results.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Ajeet Bana

President EHCC Network & Chairman Cardiac Sciences

Dr. Saurabh Jaiswal

HOD & Director- CTVS

Dr. Vimal Kant Yadav

Senior Consultant - CTVS and Incharge Heart Failure and Heart& Lung Transplantation