Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla Road

Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI), Delhi, a pioneer and centre of excellence in cardiac care, is recognised for its path-breaking work and service to the numerous heart patients, who have benefitted from treatment, at its facility. Armed with clinical expertise and cutting-edge medical technology, the hospital has set enviable benchmarks in Cardiac Bypass Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Interventional Cardiology, Non-invasive Cardiology, Paediatric Cardiology and Paediatric Cardiac Surgery. Till date, FEHI has successfully completed over 173,000 Coronary Angiographies, 53,000 PTCAs, 80,000 CABGs, 22,70,000 consultations, 3,16,000 admissions, 50,000 thallium scan tests, 18,020 congenital surgeries, in addition to several life-saving procedures. The hospital also performed India’s first Trans Catheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) and Bioresorable Vascular Scaffold (BVS); Asia Pacific’s first Directional Atherectomy, Angioscopy, Drug Eluting Stenting, etc. Over

Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI), Delhi, a pioneer and centre of excellence in cardiac care, is recognised for its path-breaking work and service to the numerous heart patients, who have benefitted from treatment, at its facility. Armed with clinical expertise and cutting-edge medical technology, the hospital has set enviable benchmarks in Cardiac Bypass Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Interventional Cardiology, Non-invasive Cardiology, Paediatric Cardiology and Paediatric Cardiac Surgery. Till date, FEHI has successfully completed over 173,000 Coronary Angiographies, 53,000 PTCAs, 80,000 CABGs, 22,70,000 consultations, 3,16,000 admissions, 50,000 thallium scan tests, 18,020 congenital surgeries, in addition to several life-saving procedures. The hospital also performed India’s first Trans Catheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) and Bioresorable Vascular Scaffold (BVS); Asia Pacific’s first Directional Atherectomy, Angioscopy, Drug Eluting Stenting, etc. Over the years, FEHI has cloned a Heart Care Network of 19 hospitals and Heart Command Centres in India and abroad. It has also launched the revolutionary e-ICU programme, enabling remote and timely access to critical care. Fortis Escorts Heart Institute has won numerous awards and accolades, the most recent among them being the ‘Best Private Cardiac Hospital in India’ by The Week magazine, 2014, ‘Best Comprehensive Cardiac Care Service provider in India’ by Frost & Sullivan, 2014, ‘Best Cardiology Hospital’ at the ICICI Lombard & CNBC TV18 India Healthcare Awards for 2012 and 2013, among others.
Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI), Okhla Road, New Delhi, is a 310 bed, JCI certified and NABH accredited cardiology care hospital. We commenced operations way back in 1988 and since then our specialised medical programmes provide clinical excellence integrated with cutting-edge technologies and innovations to offer world-class treatment. Our approach, based on patient centricity, state-of-the-art emergency response, integrity, teamwork, ownership and innovation, combines compassionate patient care with clinical excellence, to achieve a single-minded objective—‘Saving and Enriching lives’.

Today, the hospital is recognised world over as a Centre of Excellence in Cardiology and our doctors have also been recognised by the Government of India, having received four Padma Shri & Padma Bhushan awards. The hospital is backed by the most advanced laboratories performing complete range of investigative tests in the field of nuclear medicine, radiology, biochemistry, haematology, transfusion medicine and microbiology.

Journey towards Quality Awards/Accreditations
 JCI Accreditation Hospital since 2010 & Re-accreditation in Oct 2013
 NABH Accreditation for Hospital in 2008 & Re-accreditation in May 2014
 NABH Accreditation for Blood Bank 2009 & Re-accreditation for Blood Bank in 2015
 NABL for Laboratory Services 2013
Hospital Capacity:
 310 Beds (159 critical care beds)
 9 state of the art Operation Theatres
 5 Cath labs
 3 Heart Command Centers
 2 Heart Stations

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Fortis Escorts Heart Institute bid adieu to the patient who received a heart from Fortis Hospital NOIDA on 4th November, 2016. After a successful surgery and an uneventful recovery, the patient went home fit and healthy, looking forward to a new innings in life.
Bhimsen Jhamb, aged 61 years, had been suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, categorized as ‘Heart Failure’ for the past 17 years. Dr. Tarlochan Singh Kler, Executive Director, Cardiology Sciences, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) had been treating the patient for almost two decades. Over the last 2- 3 years the patient’s condition had progressively deteriorated and he had gone into refractory heart failure.
Dr. Tarlochan Singh Kler, said, “The patient was on medication and had also been implanted with a Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Device (CRTD) to cope with the extreme condition and optimize the output of the heart. When he went into refractory heart failure with class 4 symptoms and the anginal pain persisted even while resting, I advised him to undergo a heart transplant as it was the only option.”
Dr Z S Meharwal, Director, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, FEHI said, “The patient had been suffering from a severe heart condition for very long. Despite the multiple treatment solutions administered during the interceding years, his heart continued to deteriorate and a heart transplant became imperative. The surgery was successful and the patient responded well to the treatment. As his condition has been stable, he was discharged with a maintenance dose of immuno-suppressants and will do well.”
Dr. Vishal Rastogi, Director & HOD, Heart Failure Clinic, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute said, “It is a fine balance that we maintain to ensure the life of a heart failure patient remains stable. The team manages the day-to-day monitoring of such patients with optimized levels of skill and expertise as, many a times, it has to be remotely managed as well.”
The donor in this case was a 55 year old ex-serviceman who had met with a road accident . He was brought to Fortis Hospital, NOIDA in a critical condition and was later pronounced brain dead. When his family consented to donate the organs, a green corridor to FEHI Okhla was immediately created with total
cooperation from the traffic police in Ghaziabad, Noida and Delhi. The donor heart was transported in a matter of just 16 minutes & 20 seconds covering a total distance of 22 kms. Given the criticality of an early transplant for success, the heavy vehicular traffic was briefly halted and the harvested heart sped to its destination where it was transplanted.
An emotional patient thanked the doctors and the family of the donor. He said, “I am going home now for a new innings in life. Pain had become so much a part of my life that after the surgery it feels like a new me again. My heartfelt gratitude to the doctors who have treated me so caringly. I could feel God’s hand in that. My personal gratitude to the family of the donor who has extended my life in the conclusion of their loved one.”
India is reported to have the maximum number of road accidents annually in the world. According to a survey by the WHO, 60 % of the deaths in road accidents are of people in the age group of 15 – 44 years. This constitutes young and healthy people. Organ donation by their family members can go a long way in bridging the yawning deficit for desperately needed organs. No doubt, this noble act can save many, many lives that are lost due to non-availability of organ donors. (Ref. SaveLife Foundation.org).

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Doctors at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi performed a life-saving heart transplant on a 13-year-old child from Agra. This 6th heart transplant at FEHI was made possible when a 32-year-old female, a resident of Faridabad, was declared brain dead at PGI Hospital in Chandigarh after being on ventilator support for three weeks. The family of the donor consented to donate organs; i.e. heart, kidneys, and liver following informed counselling, following which the harvested heart was flown down to Delhi. 

The Cardiac Transplant Team from FEHI flew down to PGI Hospital, Chandigarh and retrieved the heart from the donor at 11.20 am. The police and traffic authorities immediately created a green corridor for transferring the harvested heart to Delhi. The heart left in an ambulance from PGI Hospital following a pre-decided route to reach the airport. It was swiftly moved into a chartered flight to reach IGI Airport by 1 pm. A green corridor was created, covering a distance of 18 kilometers in barely 18 minutes at 1.23 pm, despite the heavy traffic. 

The child recipient was suffering from a heart failure due to viral myocarditis and had an EF (ejection fraction) of barely 15-20% (normal heart functions at 55-60%).  After two prior admissions at FEHI in the past one year due to heart failure, this was the third time that the child had been admitted after his condition deteriorated. The child was under the treatment of Dr S Radhakrishnan, Director, Paediatric Cardiology, FEHI and Dr Vishal Rastogi, Consultant and Incharge, Heart Failure & Left Ventricular Assist Program, FEHI.

The transplant was conducted by Dr Z S Meharwal, Director of Cardiovascular Surgery and Transplant Surgery, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute who explained how this transplant was made possible. “When we first heard that the donor was a 32-year-old person, it looked that the match might not be possible. This child is second time lucky since a heart was brought in a few months ago from an elderly patient and hence could not be put in his body. This time, the body weight of the donor was around that of the recipient and hence their chest cavities were nearly comparable, though we still had to use special techniques to connect arteries of the donor heart with those of the recipient. This enabled us to carry on with the transplant,” said Dr Meharwal.

“The recipient had viral infection which had affected his heart. Such patients usually recover in a matter of six months to a year. However, in this case, his condition rapidly deteriorated which lead to heart failure,” explained Dr Radhakrishnan. “The child was very sick and was in urgent need of a heart transplant. He had also suffered a stroke a couple of months ago due to his failing heart and was admitted in the ICU for close to a month. In fact we had two more patients with a matching blood group on the list, however, this teenager got priority because of his critical condition,” explained Dr Rastogi.

Speaking on organ donations, Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Head, Cardiology Council, Fortis Healthcare said, India suffers from a paucity of voluntary Organ Donation and the noble and brave donation of this 32 year young girl and her family has provided hope of life to not just our 13 year old recipient but at least four other lives that they have saved. Such exemplary acts are a reminder to all that how numerous patients awaiting organs who are close to death can be 'Given back a life '. It was unfortunate that we did not get the cooperation of the commercial airlines in bringing the heart from Chandigarh to Delhi, and thus did so in a chartered flight. If more patients have to be saved in a timely and affordable manner through organ donation, then  intercity transfer across States would have to become a norm and I would urge the Ministry of Aviation to consider regulations in which all stakeholders including airlines develop policies to become an integral part of this life saving effort.

Dr Somesh K Mittal, Zonal Director, FEHI, said, “We have come a long way since we conducted our first heart transplant here. Our team is humbled by the donations made by the donor families to save so many lives. We are indebted to the swift and timely support from NOTTO, Clinicians & Nursing staff, Police & Traffic authorities and the kin of donors, who made the transplant, a reality.”

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