Narayana Hrudayalaya

Narayana Hrudayalaya
Narayana Hrudayalaya
Asian Heart Foundation (AHF)
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Location Bommasandra, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Care system NABH
Hospital type Specialist
Affiliated university Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka
Bangalore University
Emergency department Yes
Beds 1200
Speciality Cardiology
Founded 2001
Website Narayana Hrudayalaya
Lists Hospitals in India
Other links Narayana Health City

Narayana Hrudayalaya (Kannada: ನಾರಾಯಣ ಹೃದಯಾಲಯ), located in the city of Bangalore, India, is one of the world's largest pediatric heart hospitals.[1][2][3] It is the brainchild of the renowned cardiac surgeon, Dr. Devi Shetty. Narayana Hrudayalaya also receives patients from outside India, and it has created a record of performing nearly 15,000 surgeries on patients from 25 foreign countries.[4] It is also a renowned centre for telemedicine and it offers this service free of cost.[5]

Despite helping so many poor patients, it is known for being so efficient, that it has a higher profit margin (7.7% after tax) than most American Private Hospitals (6.9%). [1]

It is building large hospitals across India totaling 30,000 beds, to enable it to gain large economies of scale and bargain down the cost of supplies to the hospitals.



Narayana Hrudayalaya was started in the year 2001 by Dr. Devi Shetty under the aegis of the Asian Heart Foundation (AHF). Bangalore was chosen as the location of the hospital since his family members refused to finance a heart hospital in any other place.[6] Financial contribution for the construction of the hospital was provided by Dr. Shetty's father-in-law.[7]. Spread over 25 acres (100,000 m2), it is located in the Bommasandra Industrial Area on the Hosur Road in Bangalore. With the Phase I of the construction being completed, the hospital currently has six stories containing 500 beds and 10 operating theatres.[7][8]

He is originally from the erstwhile Kinnigoli, South Canara district in India (now divided into Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts of Karnataka). After completing his graduate degree in Medicine and post-graduate work in General Surgery from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, he trained in cardiac surgery at Guys Hospital in the United Kingdom. He returned to India in 1989 and initially worked at B.M. Birla Hospital in Kolkata. After some time, he moved to Bangalore and started the Manipal Heart Foundation at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. He has many patients and admirers in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Srilanka and other parts of the world, especially in South Asia.


Apart from cardiology, the hospital also offers treatments in the area of Pediatrics, Neurology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Dental, Nephrology, Urology, Transplants, Nuclear Medicine, Medical Imaging and Radiology. It also houses a Blood bank and Laboratory. With the help of ISRO, Narayana Hrudayalaya has pioneered some of the aspects of Telemedicine.[9]


Narayana Hrudayalaya performs approximately 24 open heart surgeries and 25 catheterization procedures a day, almost eight times the average at other Indian hospitals.[7] In cardiology, the hospital specialises in Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology and Pediatric Cardiology, and also performs cardiac surgeries like Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), Redo Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, the Dor procedure and the Ross procedure.[10] A total of 13000 coronary bypass grafting operations have been performed in the hospital.[10]The hospital also acts as a philanthropist by charging less than the normal cost for procedures like angiogram and cardiac surgery to people who cannot afford to pay the huge costs.[6] Narayana Hrudayalaya also has 17 Coronary Care units which are based in remote cardiac hospitals but are linked to Narayana Hrudayalaya.[5] These units handle emergency cardiac-related cases and the patients are controlled and stabilised before the cardiac specialists are consulted. The hospital also runs postgraduate programs for doctors and other medical staff on heartcare and also offers India's only formal training program for pediatric cardiac surgery.[7]


The telemedicine service was started in the hospital in the year 2002 to cater mainly to the rural populace in the country.[5] The telemedicine network of the hospital connects to countries like Malyasia, Mauritius and Pakistan; with most of the cases referred through telemedicine being cardiac ones. ECG reports, Audio/Visual data, CT scans, X-rays, MRIs and their analysis are exchanged via the telephone line, broadband connection or satellite. The hospital uses a telemedicine ECG machine manufactured by Schiller India, a Germany-based company. The telemedicine services provided by the hospital are free and more than 21000 cases have been referred using this service.[5] Narayana Hrudayalaya is also a part of "The Karnataka Telemedine Project" which was inaugurated on April 8, 2002 and links two rural hospitals in Saragur, Karnataka viz. the Chamarajnagar District Hospital and the Vivekananda Memorial Hospital with the Narayana Hrudayalaya.[11]

Narayana Hrudayalaya Dental Chain

Started in 2008, NHDC has expanded to 25 dental clinics, 19 in Bangalore and 6 in Kolkata in various stages of operation Current expansion plans are to establish up to 300 clinics by 2013 aross India and abroad with investment around 150 crore Initial expansion plan is to roll out 30 clinics in Bangalore and Kolkata in next 6 months With increased scale of operations, NHDC will become a largest player and leader in the dental care services industry in India

Narayana Hrudayalaya Dental Clinic aims to provide a custom-made, world-class, cost-effective treatment plan to suit every discerning patient's needs at affordable rates. Smile is the first thing that people notice about. We ensure that you are in good hands when it comes to something as precious as your smile. Every patient in Narayana Hrudayalaya Dental Clinic is treated with personal attention and care. The clinic has been providing dental solutions to local and international patients. dental experts in fields like Aesthetic Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Implantology, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Pedodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry and Oral and Maxillo Facial Surgery.

External links


  1. ^ Martha Lagace. "Entrepreneurial Hospital Pioneers New Model". Online webpage of Harvard Business school. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Online Webpage of the Narayana Hrudayalaya. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  3. ^ Devi Shetty. "Narayana Hrudayalaya". Online webpage of Electronics and Information technology Exposition. 
  4. ^ G. Ananthakrishnan (2006-04-30). "Boom time for medicare". Online Edition of The Hindu, dated 2006-04-30 (Chennai, India: The Hindu). Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  5. ^ a b c d Nayantara Som. "A Whole New World". Online Webpage of the Express Healthcare Management. Indian Express Newspapers (Mumbai) Limited. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  6. ^ a b Walter Nandalike. "Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty - An Interview". Online webpage of Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Devi P. Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Medical Sciences". Online Webpage of the Schwab Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  8. ^ "Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore". Online Webpage of Narayana Hrudayalaya. Archived from the original on 2007-06-03. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  9. ^ "Centers of Excellence". Online webpage of Narayana Hrudayalaya. Archived from the original on 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  10. ^ a b "Cardiac Surgery". Online webpage of Narayana Hrudayalaya. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 

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