This article got published on October 28 in Times of India
As many as 32% of global deaths are due to cardiovascular disease, making it the commonest cause of death. Replacing the diseased heart with an artificial one (Left Ventricular Assist Device, LVAD) is the logical solution. But when a solution is not affordable it’s not really a solution. When an artificial heart costs nearly a crore rupees in India and over a million dollars in America, it’s not a solution.
That’s why only 29,000 rich patients have had an artificial heart implanted globally – even though for a patient gasping for breath in heart failure an artificial heart implantation is a life-changing experience..