The National Heart Institute, located on the Raja Dhirsain Marg, at East of Kailash in the heart of New Delhi, is one of the premier heart institutes in the nation's capital. The institute is the brainchild of one of the eminent cardiologists in India, Dr. S. Padmavati, which was inaugurated in 1981 by the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi.
The Research and Referral tertiary care heart hospital of the All India Heart Foundation is the nucleus for diagnosis and treatment of heart ailments and allied diseases, and is equipped with the-state-of-the-art facilities. The Clinical Research and Medical Care Delivery wing of the All India Heart Foundation was started with the aim of providing modern cardiac care technology to the financially weaker sections of the society. It was intended to be a self sufficient, stand-alone facility and therefore it was decided that people with paying capacity should also be taken up and the surplus so generated from them be channelized for the treatment of the poor.
The National Heart Institute offers all types of surgical services that include various kinds of closed and open-heart surgeries like Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, Off pump bypass surgery, valve repair and replacement surgeries, aortic and carotid surgeries, congenital heart surgeries, and minimally invasive (Key Hole) surgeries.
The Institute also offers all types of comprehensive medical check-ups, such as Executive health check-ups, at nominal rates to ensure the good physical condition and health of all individuals. The National Heart Institute carries out regular Community outreach programs and heart camps apart from ‘Executive Health Checks’ and ‘Recruitment Checks’ to detect cardiac problems at an early stage and take remedial action. 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 recognized for all types of heart surgeries and other specialized cardiac treatment by the Central Govt. Health Scheme (CGHS), Employees State Insurance (ESI), and Employee Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS). The Ministry of Defence has recognized NHI for treatment of their employees and their families.
The Institute is recognized by National Boards for postdoctoral training and runs an active teaching and training programs in the specialties of Cardiology, Cardiovascular, and Thoracic Surgery. The National Heart Institute lays special emphasis on "Lifestyle Disorders" and caters to outdoor consultation, education, and counseling for diabetes, obesity, cholesterol, and other related diseases and disorders.
One of the unique features of the Institute is that 10% of the in-patient beds are earmarked for poor patients having a monthly income of Rs.4000/- and below, and the hospital either provides free treatment to such patients or offers them highly subsidized rates. It also provides free Cardiac Pacemakers for needy patients in collaboration with Heartbeat International.