The Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases (KIHD), is located in Karachi, became functional on June 3, 2005. It is the second cardiac care facility of the metropolis after the National Institute of Cardio Vascular Diseases (NICVD). The institute, having 120 beds, would initially have an outpatient department (OPD), besides three laboratories and several diagnostic equipment for Electro-Cardio Gram (ECG), X-Rays, Exercise Tolerance Test (ETT), Echo Doppler studies, angiography, cardiac catheterization and angioplasty.
As compared to the other hospitals of the city, the KIHD will be charging considerably less for the facilities provided and the tests carried out there. For instance, a patient having angiography at the new institute would be charged only PKR 3,000, as compared to about PKR 10,000 at the NICVD and PKR 25,000 at the private ones.
Similarly, those having angioplasty at the KIHD would be charged PKR 35,000 in case of one stent and PKR 50,000 for double stents. A patient is charged at least PKR 125,000 for single-stent angioplasty in other hospitals.
As far as OPD charges are concerned it would be only PKR 100 (with ECG), while echo-cardiography and ETT tests would be conducted for PKR 300 each. Already, one angioplasty and three angiography cases have been performed at the institute.
Spread out over an area of 3.6 acres (15,000 m2), the KIHD is located on the old campus of Karachi Medical and Dental College in Federal B Area’s block 16. It is the same place where a maternity home was inaugurated by Begum Nusrat Bhutto in 1974. The maternity home was later turned into an educational institution.
The institute, which would shortly be equipped with a thallium scanning unit, would be providing teaching/training facilities to the under- and postgraduate trainees, for which it would be affiliated with Karachi University as well as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan.
The City District Government Karachi (CDGK), had spent about PKR 800 million on the project, adding that the amount was used for renovation of the old building and purchase of the required equipment.