In an educative initiative towards increasing awareness on what heart failure is and the role of the Heart Failure Clinic at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, the institute organized an event for all the doctors in Varanasi. The event was spearheaded by Dr. Z S Meharwal, Director, Cardiac Surgery, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. The event was also chaired by Dr. (Prof) Madhukar Rai, API Chairman and HOD Endocrinology, Benaras Hindu University. Dr. Alok Kumar Singh, Chairperson and Mr. N K Srivastava, Secretary API also participated in the program.
Countless number of patients suffering from heart failure are on the recipient list for heart transplant. The first heart transplant was conducted at FEHI on 17 year old Prince who had been suffering from end stage heart failure. Oshin Goel, 23 year old youngster from Rajasthan was given just fifteen days of life having been suffering from end stage heart failure. It had been a long wait for both of them before a heart was available for transplant into their bodies.
According to Dr Z S Meharwal, “though it is difficult to estimate the heart failure population due to lack of proper registration, there are approximately 90 million patients with heart failure with almost two million added each year to heart failure. Mortality in patients with heart failure who are in functional class III and IV is as high as 3040% each year. There have been many advances in the management of patients with advanced heart failure. Cardiac transplant is considered the best treatment for these patients. Though first transplant was performed in India as early as 1994, the number of transplants is still very small due to lack of donors and awareness in the society. Patients where heart transplant cannot be performed due to non-availability of donor or some other cause, mechanical circulatory support devices (ventricular assist devices) can be used.
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