Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla Road

With a legacy of over 30 years, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi has established itself as a pioneer in the field of cardiac care, and is recognised for its path-breaking work and services to numerous heart patients. Armed with clinical expertise and cutting-edge technology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute has enriched numerous lives through its world-class treatment and compassionate patient care. With Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardees serving as doctors, the hospital is recognised the world over as a centre of excellence, today.

TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE
13 Fully functional OTs, including 3 C-Arm, 1 Laser I 5 Cath Labs including one EP Lab I Dedicated ICU for highly critical patients with ECMO support, 158 Critical Care Beds I Two Heart Stations equipped with latest 3D Echocardiography machines I Nuclear Medicine with Gamma Camera I Latest DR 6 X-ray machines (2 fixed and 4 mobile), Dual Head 64 slice CT machine, MRI machine with 1.5 T, 3 USG mach

With a legacy of over 30 years, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi has established itself as a pioneer in the field of cardiac care, and is recognised for its path-breaking work and services to numerous heart patients. Armed with clinical expertise and cutting-edge technology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute has enriched numerous lives through its world-class treatment and compassionate patient care. With Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardees serving as doctors, the hospital is recognised the world over as a centre of excellence, today.

TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE
13 Fully functional OTs, including 3 C-Arm, 1 Laser I 5 Cath Labs including one EP Lab I Dedicated ICU for highly critical patients with ECMO support, 158 Critical Care Beds I Two Heart Stations equipped with latest 3D Echocardiography machines I Nuclear Medicine with Gamma Camera I Latest DR 6 X-ray machines (2 fixed and 4 mobile), Dual Head 64 slice CT machine, MRI machine with 1.5 T, 3 USG machines, 1 Bone Densitometer, 1 Mammography machine I Adult Bronchoscope I Three Endoscopy Suites with EUS, Elastography and ERCP facility I ESWL Room

ACCREDITATIONS
NABH Accredited Hospital I NABL Accredited Lab I NABH Certified Nursing Excellence I NABH Accredited Blood Bank

ACHIEVEMENTS
1,99,710 Coronary Angiographies | 66,127 Angioplasties | 16,229 EP & Pacemaker Procedures | 56,366 CABG Surgeries | 29,193 Valve and other surgeries (Adults) | 20,868 Paediatric Cardiac Surgeries | 102 TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) | The first to launch Critinext (Electronic ICU)

AWARDS
• Titled as the 'Best Private Cardiac Hospital in India' by The Week Magazine survey in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018
• Won the 'Best Cardiology Hospital in Delhi NCR’ by Times Healthcare Achievers Award, 2018
• Awarded with 'Best Cardiology Hospital' by FICCI during Advantage Healthcare Awards, 2018
• GREEN OT Certification, awarded by Bureau Veritas, France in 2018
• Awarded with 'Best Heart Care Centre in North India' by Global Healthcare Excellence Awards in 2013

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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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