Welcome to the Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support

MGM Healthcare

Seeking exceptional patient outcomes alongside excellent patient experiences


Setting world standards of treatment and care for heart & lung transplant procedures

Formidable Track Record

Under the leadership of Dr K R Balakrishnan, as Chairman of Cardiac Sciences, and the Director of the Institute of Heart & Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support, our transplant program is known both for its excellence and for its comprehensive approach to care.

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0 Heart Transplants in a year – World’s 3rd highest
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0 Left Ventricular Assist Device
0K+ Cardiac Surgeries performed

Why Choose MGM Healthcare’s Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support?

MGM Healthcare, a 400-bedded quaternary care hospital in the heart of the city, proudly introduces its Institute of Heart and Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support. Spearheaded by India’s leading heart and lung transplant surgeon Dr K R Balakrishnan as its Director, the institute has been set-up with the vision to utilise the latest in technology, innovation and medical protocols to give people in heart failure a new lease of life.

Empathy. Expertise. Excellence.

The three pillars of our thought and philosophy, that drive every single member of our dedicated team to deliver exceptional healthcare services

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0.5 Lakh SQFT Space

The Heart Transplant Journey

The heart is a muscular organ — about the size of a clenched fist — located in the middle of the rib cage. It works non-stop, pumping around 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body on a daily basis, beating around 2.5 billion times circulating nearly 50-65 million gallons of blood over an average lifetime. If not cared for, factors such as high cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure coupled with vices such as smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol can severely damage your blood vessels and your heart.

A heart transplant is a surgical operation wherein a severely damaged heart resulting in end-stage heart failure is replaced with a healthy donor heart. When the heart starts to fail, other vital organs are also affected. So, a heart transplant needs to be done before other organ damage starts. If a heart failure is not treated on time, it can lead to several complications while severely hindering your ability to perform any physical work. It could also cause intense breathlessness.

Being diagnosed with heart failure means that your heart is unable to pump enough blood to effectively cater to your body’s needs. However, this doesn’t mean that your heart is about to stop — it simply means that the main pumping chambers in your heart have become too stiff and can no longer pump with adequate force or that your heart is no longer able to fill itself up with enough blood between beats. Heart failure can either affect both sides or only one side of the heart. The most common conditions that cause cardiac failure are:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Leaking or blocked valves
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Viral cardiac infections
  • Inherited forms of cardiac disease
  • Congenital cardiac disease
  • Children administered certain medicines for leukemia
  • Women whose hearts have been weakened by pregnancy/childbirth

A team of heart transplant surgeons will initially assess your eligibility for a heart transplant. You will then be explained about the risks involved. They will also evaluate your medical history, test results, social history, and conduct psychological tests to analyse where and how you might need support during and after your surgery. If you are deemed suitable and are willing to have a heart transplant, you will be put on the waiting list. Most often, a heart is donated based on the level of urgency and according to the severity of one’s medical condition.

The donated heart will be from an individual who has recently passed away and is an organ donor or whose family has agreed to donate their heart. When a heart becomes available for donation, factors such as whether it matches your blood group, your weight and size will be taken into consideration. Further, your other organs, such as the kidneys and liver, should also be working normally in order to be eligible for a donation.

While every patient is different, most report feeling better after a heart transplant. After your discharge, you will be required to attend all necessary medical appointments to protect your new heart. You will also be needed to adhere to any health and lifestyle advice given to you by your physician while participating actively in rehabilitation and exercise programmes. This is referred to as cardiac rehabilitation and is most beneficial.

The ultimate goal of our heart transplant surgeons is for you to return to a normal lifestyle, so that you can be physically and socially active, resume work and enjoy a better quality of life. You should take extra precaution and avoid exposure to germs that could cause illness, as your immune system is weakened a bit by the anti-rejection drugs.

Setting world standards of treatment and care for heart & lung transplant procedures

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Talk to our expert team of heart and lung transplant surgeon to understand your condition when you are faced with the tough decision of having a heart transplant. Sometimes, it’s more than just the treatment — it’s also about the right conversations, advice and perspectives.

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