‘Low-cost artificial heart is need of the hour’

The fourth meet of Indo-American Artificial Heart Project was held at Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Science (KITS) here on Monday.

Eminent professor of medicine, P.S. Reddy from the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, USA, attended the meeting as chief guest.

In his keynote address on “importance of research and development of an artificial heart”, he said WHO reports suggest deaths due to heart failure are increasing by the day, reaching eight million per year across the globe.

Since few people are coming forward to donate heart, there is an acute requirement of design and development of artificial heart which would be made available at a lower cost to patients of developing countries, Mr. Reddy said.

The treatment of heart failure patients using prosthetic or mechanical heart is available in the US, but the cost of such treatment is very high, he pointed out.

Rajya Sabha member and secretary of KITS-Warangal, Captain V. Lakshmikantha Rao said there is a great need of developing cheaper artificial heart. The task has been taken up by Mr. Reddy by collaborating with institutions in India such as KITS-Warangal, CBIT, SNIST and BITS in Hyderabad.

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