AICD Implantation Cost in India

AICD Cost in India starts from US $14,000 and varies depending on the type of Implant, your medical condition and history, comorbidity-if any, surgeon, facility and the city where you choose to get the procedure done.

What is Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD)?

An Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD) is a permanent electronic device that is implanted into a person’s chest to monitor an abnormally beating heart, either one that beats too slow (Bradycardia), too fast (Tachycardia) or irregularly (Atrial Fibrillation). All of these abnormal heartbeats are referred to as arrhythmias. These devices are mainly used for the treatment of life-threatening arrhythmias and are generally considered the best possible solution.

What is the purpose of AICD?

Arrhythmia is a disorder of the heart where the beating heart rhythm is not how it usually is supposed to be. It’s either fast or slow or it may be irregular leading to further complications of the heart which may turn out to be life-threatening and/or fatal. Some of the most dangerous arrhythmias are ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation which have been known to cause cessation in the blood flow and cardiac arrest as well. AICDs are the best and the most effective treatment for such complications and may help in significantly improve a person’s survival probabilities. This device tries to stop any abnormal heart rhythm with a sudden burst of high-speed pacing a.k.a. cardioversion. If cardioversion does not work, the device will then resort to delivering and electrical shock to reset its rhythm a.k.a. defibrillation.

AICD Implantation Procedure

AICD is a permanent device that is used to help the heart with unusual heartbeats. The implantation procedure for AICD is the same as that of the pacemaker’s. The AICD device consists of a generator and electrode lead(s) or wire(s). The generator consists of a, capacitor, programmable software, a battery and a computer chip or circuit with memory (RAM). The generator is usually implanted on the upper left side of the chest under the skin. The electrode wires are connected to the generator and then passed through a vein to the right chambers of the heart. These wires usually get lodged in the septum of the right ventricle. Along with the ability to help in the proper control of the heart rhythm, the AICD device is also capable of collecting and storing data about the heart’s electrical activity for the cardiologist to go through. The differences between pacemakers and AICD devices is that pacemakers are also available as temporary units and are usually used to correct Bradycardia (slow heart rhythm), while the AICDs are most often used as permanent safeguards against fatal arrhythmias.

Types of AICD

The most common types of AICDs used are single chamber AICD, dual chamber AICD and biventricular AICD.

  • In a single chamber AICD, the wires are lead into the right ventricle
  • If the AICD implantation has dual chambers, the wires are lead to the right ventricle and the right atrium of the heart
  • In a biventricular AICD, one of the wires is lead to the right ventricle, one to the right atrium and another wire is placed on the outside wall of the left ventricle

Recent advancements in the medical field have brought about another type of AICD that can be used as well. This AICD is called the subcutaneous ICD or the S-ICD and it has the ability to pace the left ventricle from multiple sites near-simultaneously with multipoint pacing.

Factors that affect AICD Implantation Cost in India

  • Type of AICD

    A significant portion of the overall cost of an AICD implantation arises from the type of implant used. There are different types of implants available which include Single chamber, dual chamber, biventricular and subcutaneous implant. The doctor shall recommend the appropriate implant depending on your medical condition and requirement. Medserg recommends you to explore the options by consulting our expert Interventional Cardiologists.

  • Cardiologist’s Fees

    An important expense when it comes to your AICD implantation is going to be your Cardiologist’s fees. Medserg recommends only experienced, skilled, board-certified surgeons who are capable of delivering successful cardiac procedures. Although the charges may vary depending on the experience of the surgeon, you can be completely assured of being in safe and experienced hands when you choose heart surgery in India with Medserg.

  • Surgical Facility

    Having your AICD procedure in an accredited surgical facility by skilled and qualified medical staff is a critical factor. Moreover, the geographical location of this facility also affects the quote. But, Medserg provides you with a projected estimate that will be all inclusive and affordable.

  • Surgery-Related Expenses

    The surgery-related expenses include the pre- and post-surgical expenses. The pre-surgical expenses are associated with the age and medical condition of the patient and thus the number and type of investigations required. Post-surgical expenses may include prescription medications and follow-up consultations.

We at Medserg, understand that you travel with a budget in mind and do not like to be greeted by surprises after arrival in India. We thus club all these expenses and give you the package cost that is inclusive and affordable at the same time.

Your case manager shall give you an estimated cost of your surgery after discussing your medical reports with the surgeon. The final cost, however, shall be confirmed after your consultation with the surgeon.