About CARE Hospitals

The CARE Hospitals Group is a multispecialty healthcare provider, with 14 hospitals serving 6 cities across 5 states of India. The regional leader in tertiary care in South/Central India and among the top 5 pan-Indian hospital chains, CARE Hospitals delivers comprehensive care in more than 30 specialties in tertiary care settings.

Expertise for complex heart issues at CARE Hospitals

CARE Heart Transplant doctors and surgeons use proven innovations to successfully treat people with congestive heart failure and other serious heart diseases. Their experience in using advanced technology, specialized procedures and an integrated approach focused on the patient. Dr. K R Balakrishnan Experts in heart and lung surgery (cardiac and thoracic surgeons) perform more than 306 Heart Transplants over the past 9 years, 102 Heart Transplants performed last year (3rd Highest in the world) including 29 paediatric Heart Transplants. 54 LVAD and more than 30 lung Transplants performed year.

We are delighted to announce the clinical association with world renowned Heart Transplant Surgeon Dr. K R Balakrishnan

(OPD - 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at CARE Hospitals, Banjara Hills, Limited appointments)

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  • Dr. Balakrishnan has performed more than 306 Heart Transplants over the past 9 years. Last year Dr. Balakrishnan has performed 102 Heart Transplant which included 29 Pediatric Heart Transplants.
  • This count of 102 is the 3 highest in the world, highest cases being 116 which were done in Mount Senai.
  • Dr. Balakrishnan also did 54 LVAD last year. He has also performed more than 30 Lung Transplants.
  • His passion & expertise will take the group to new heights in terms of transplant & LVAD work.
  • Dr. Balakrishnan will be available at CARE Hospitals, Banjara Hills on 1 & 3 Tuesday of every month.
  • In addition to Hyderabad he will help us in developing and laying the foundation work towards various advance therapies for per cutaneous ECMO,LVAD, Heart and Lung Transplants across our hospitals in Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam & Raipur.

What Is the Process for Getting a Heart Transplant?

In order to get a heart transplant, you must first be placed on a transplant list. But, before you can be placed on the transplant list, you must go through a careful screening process. A team of heart doctors, nurses, social workers, and bioethicists review your medical history, diagnostic test results, social history, and psychological test results to see if you are able to survive the procedure and then comply with the continuous care needed to live a healthy life.

How Are Organ Donors Found?

Donors for heart transplants are individuals who may have recently died or become brain dead, which means that although their body is being kept alive by machines, the brain has no sign of life. Many times, these donors died as a result of a car accident, severe head injury, or a gunshot wound.

What Happens During a Heart Transplant?

Once a donor heart becomes available, a surgeon from the transplant center goes to harvest the donor heart. The heart is cooled and stored in a special solution while being taken to the recipient. The surgeon will make sure the donor heart is in good condition before beginning the transplant surgery. The transplant surgery will take place as soon as possible after the donor heart becomes available.

What Are the Risks of a Heart Transplant?

The most common causes of death following a heart transplant are infection and rejection. Patients on drugs to prevent rejection of the new heart are at risk for developing kidney damage, high blood pressure, osteoporosis (a severe thinning of the bones, which can cause fractures), and lymphoma (a type of cancer that affects cells of the immune system).