Heart diseases are common in both developed and developing countries, and India is no exception. The death rate due to heart diseases has been rising across India over the last couple of decades. It has shot up by 34 percent, from 155.7 deaths per 1 lakh population in 1990 to 209.1 deaths in 2016.
According to the doctors at AMRI Hospital at Mukundapur, heart stents can play a big role in treating the heart disease, reducing the chances of a heart attack considerably. By, doing this, increasing death rate can be curbed in the future.
Stents are becoming increasingly common in several countries. A stent is a tube that helps in keeping the arteries open to carry the blood from heart to all the parts of the body. Most stents are made of wire mesh and are permanent, while some are made of fabric. These are called stent grafts and are often used for larger arteries.
However, the hefty expenses attached to heart stents have kept most patients at bay. They have not been able to benefit from the device, explain medical practitioners at AMRI Hospitals. But, a recent notification has raised hopes with National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) bringing prices down by as much as 85 percent. The prices have been fixed at 29,600 and 7,260 for drug eluting stents and bare metal stents.
Earlier, the same stents were available in the range of Rs 40,000 to Rs 1.98 lakh (drug eluting) and Rs 30,000 to Rs 75,000 (bare metal). The hidden costs added to people’s woes, making it difficult for a common man to afford the stent. But, it is possible for most to afford these now.
On the other hand, what needs to be seen is whether the revised pricing will lead to high quality stents disappearing from the market. Although most patients would be glad with the mere idea of being able to afford a stent, there is still a section of the society that will give importance to quality stents, regardless of the price.
AMRI Hospitals, best cardiac hospital in Kolkata, understands the challenges of providing quality stents at subsidized rates. However, they are confident of meeting the requirement by gearing up for the challenge. They believe in providing top notch and cost-effective services, without any hidden charges. AMRI Hospitals values the lives of people and aim to make all medical facilities available at affordable prices.