National Heart Institute, brain child of doyenne of cardiology in India, Dr. S. Padmavati, was inaugurated in 1981 by the Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, as the Clinical Research and Medical Care Delivery wing of All India Heart Foundation, with the aim of providing State-of-art Modern Cardiac Care to the financially impoverished section of society. It was intended to be a self-sufficient facility and therefore it was decided that people with paying capacity should also be taken up and the surplus generated from them be channelized for the treatment of the poor.
The National Heart Institute is the research & referral tertiary care heart hospital of the All India Heart Foundation, which acts as a nucleus for diagnosis and treatment of heart ailments and allied diseases and is equipped with state of the art equipments. Surgical services include all kinds of closed and open heart surgeries like coronary artery bypass surgery, off pump bypass surgery (beating heart surgery), valve repair & replacement surgeries, aortic / carotid surgeries, congenital heart surgeries including blue babies and minimally invasive (Key hole) surgeries. It has modern Cath lab facilities where procedures like angiographies, angioplasties, stenting of the coronary arteries, valvotomies, correction of birth heart defects and closure of holes of the heart, electrophysiological studies, radio frequency ablation, rotablation, Intra-vascular ultrasound, pacemaker and internal defibrillator implantation are carried out. Highly qualified staff, trained in India & abroad, with extensive experience in Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery service these areas.
Apart from indoor treatment, the Institute also provides comprehensive medical check-up, at nominal rates with a view to ensuring good physical conditioning and health of all individuals. Cardiac patients with other ailments are also admitted to this hospital, as specialists for diseases other than heart are available round the clock for consultation and treatment. The Institute has been recognised for open heart surgeries, coronary artery bypass surgery, angiography and angioplasties and other specialised cardiac treatment by the Central Govt. Health Scheme (CGHS), Employees State Insurance (ESI), Ex Service Men Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), besides the Governments of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Govt of NCT of Delhi. Ministry of Defence, Office of the Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services and Directorate General of Medical Services Naval Headquarters have recognised NHI for treatment of their employees and their families. 154 Public sector bodies, almost all the TPAs and International Organisations like World Health Organisation & UNICEF are also empanelled with the National Heart Institute.
Keeping in tune with its ethos of service to the humanity, National Heart Institute carries out regular Community outreach programmes (heart camps), Executive Health Checks and Recruitment Checks to detect cardiac problems early and take remedial action. 10% indoor beds are earmarked for poor patients having monthly income of Rs.9048/- and below and the hospital regularly provides free treatment to such patients and lots many at subsidized rates. The hospital also runs free OPDs for two hours on all working days. In collaboration with Heart Beat International, the hospital provides free cardiac pacemakers for needy patients.
The hospital has a department of pulmonology and sleep medicine which is equipped with sophisticated machines and is manned by dedicated pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons and physiotherapists.
National Heart Institute is recognized by National Board Examination for post-doctoral training and runs an active teaching and training programme in the specialities of Cardiology & Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery. It also carries out research in all facets of Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery.