Date: 13th August, 2018, Kolkata

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals Kolkatatoday announced the receipt of approval for performing Heart Transplantation from the Directorate of Health Services, West Bengal.The certificate of registration for performing heart transplantation, valid for five years, was granted under the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994 to Apollo Gleneagles, a JCI, NABL, ISO 22000:2005 - HACCP Certification accredited 700-bed tertiary care hospital in Kolkata and part of the Apollo Hospitals Group. This milestone approval makes Apollo Gleneagles the fifthhospital in Eastern India and the fourth hospital from the Apollo Hospitals Group to give a new lease of life to patients who need a heart transplant.

Elaborating on the approval, DrSushanMukhopadhyay, Director& Head, Cardio Thoracic Vascular Surgeon, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals Kolkata said, "With the approval, we are proud to launch the heart transplant program at Apollo Gleneagles. Patients with end-stage cardiac disease can now benefit from Apollo Hospital Groups’ experience in heart transplants since 1995. Cardiac transplant is the treatment of choice for many patients with end-stage heart failure, and with Apollo’s dedicated heart transplant team, these patients can now look forward to improved survival rates and quality of life."

The first heart transplant at Apollo Hospitals was successfully performed in 1995. In 2004, a specialized Heart Transplant Programme was set up with a multidisciplinary approach to End Stage Heart Failure. Today, a dedicated Heart Transplant team consisting of Heart Transplant Surgeons, Transplant Cardiologists, Critical Care Specialists (Intensivists), Pulmonologists, Infectious Disease Consultants, Immunologists, Pathologists, Transplant coordinators, Trained ICU and Ward Nurses with Liaison Officers work to save lives.

Rana Dasgupta, CEO, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata said, "Since the first human to human heart transplant in 1967, medicine has today advanced with over 3000 heart transplants being performed worldwide. This approval is a testament to our world-class quality and expertise and adds to the existing Liver and Kidney transplant programs at Apollo Gleneagles. In a cardiactransplant, time is of the essence once a suitable donor is found, and Apollo’s specialized Heart Transplant team has the expertise to provide the patient the pre and post-transplant care required for the best patient outcome. We look forward to serve the Eastern region after this heart transplant approval."

The Heart Transplant program at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals will offer individualized treatment to patients with advanced heart failure. The dedicated Heart Transplant team will work across specialities to provide comprehensive care to patients with end-stage heart disease through all phases before, during and after the transplant supported by life-saving advanced intensive care technology like the Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine. Apollo Gleneagles will also work to help patients through promoting organ donation.

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