National Heart Foundation
National Heart Foundation a non-government medicare organization established in Dhaka in 1979 for the treatment of patients suffering from cardiovascular diseases and complication in blood circulation, and simultaneously to impart training to physicians, nurses and paramedics.
The Heart Diseases Institute and Hospital established in Mirpur by the National Heart Foundation provides for diagnostic facilities and treatment of all types of cardiovascular diseases. Open heart surgery like valve transplantation and vascular operation (artery and nerve related) are regularly conducted here. There is also the provision for by-pass surgery in the hospital. Other than the indoor patients, a large number of patients are given outdoor medical services in the hospital. The hospital maintains departments like Cardiology, Cardiovascular surgery, Anestheseology, Cardiovascular Radiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Hematology, Blood Transfusion, Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation. Apart from medicare, the hospital offers postgraduate degree courses like MD (Cardiology), MS (Cardiothorasic surgery) and D Card. Besides, a training programme for the nurses is also conducted in the hospital.
The National Heart Foundation has its branches in different districts outside Dhaka. The Foundation is managed by an executive council consisting of eight members including its president, and an advisory council consisting of fourteen members. [Mir Mesbahuddin]