Cost of Heart Bypass Surgery (CABG Surgery) in Iran

A Heart bypass surgery or Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in Iran costs USD 4000-5500.
It is estimated that a patient traveling from western countries can save 70-80% by doing their surgery in Iran.
The variation in cost is mainly due to:

Choice of Hospital
Number of Blocks
Choice of City

Choice of Hospital: The cost varies drastically when we go from an economy hospital to a premium hospital. The cost mainly rises due to the higher room rent, cost for medical care, etc. The quality of healthcare remains the same but the patient can stay in utmost luxury.
Number of Blocks: The cost of surgery increases from single to quadruple bypass surgery. The higher the number of blocks, the higher the cost.
Choice of City: The city in which the hospital lies also makes a big difference in the overall price. The cost of food, accommodation, and transportation are much higher in metro cities. In the case of a heart bypass, you would probably need to stay in a hotel room for 20-25 days, which makes a big impact.

How many days to be spent in Iran?

Pre-surgery examination1 day
Post-surgery care5-7 days
Outside the hospital10-14 days
Total16-22 days

Table of Contents

Cost comparison

What is heart bypass surgery?

Why do you need a heart bypass surgery?

Types of Heart Bypass Surgeries


How is the surgery performed?


Top 10 hospitals in Iran for heart bypass surgery

Top 10 doctors in Iran for heart bypass surgery.

Cost comparison

CountryCost (USD)Savings in Iran (USD)
South Korea2600021000

Reasons for lower cost in Iran

The healthcare services are basically cheap in Iran compared to most other countries. Iran is home to some of the best doctors are you would get the best possible care at the most affordable cost.
The cost of living in Iran is very low compared to western countries. The food, accommodation, and transportation are very cheap.

What is Heart Bypass Surgery?

Heart Bypass or Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a surgery done to improve blood flow to the heart. It is usually done in adults when one or more coronary arteries get partially blocked. The surgery generally takes 3-6 hours.
More than 60,000 CABG are done every year in Iran alone.
The heart is supplied with oxygenated blood by coronary arteries. A Material in the blood called plaque accumulates on the arterial walls and clogs the blood vessel. The clogged vessel will lead to less blood flow to the heart muscles. This type of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is called atherosclerosis. This could lead to heart failure and cardiac arrest.
The function of the coronary artery is to supply oxygenated blood to the heart. The surgeon redirects the blood around the blocked section of the coronary artery to the heart. He does this by taking another blood vessel from the hand, leg or chest. One end of the artery is connected before the block and the other end after the block. By this, the surgeon creates an alternate route for the oxygenated blood to reach the heart muscles. The blood reaches the heart through the new vessel added on by the surgeon. This takes away almost all the issues that a person faces due to a block, such as, chest pain and shortness of breath.

Why do you need a heart bypass surgery?

Severe chest pain caused by a blocked coronary artery.
The patient has more than one blocked coronary arteries.
The left main left coronary artery is blocked.
When angioplasty and stent placement failed.
The block is too severe to deal with medications.

How does the doctor diagnose for heart bypass surgery?


Angiography is a technique of imaging the blood vessels to check for blocks, damages or other defects. It is done in the radiology department using X-rays, and sometimes MRI. A long flexible catheter is used to inject the contrast (dye) for better visualization.
An angiogram is usually used to diagnose whether a patient needs bypass surgery or not.


An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. It helps your doctor to determine whether all parts of the heart wall are contributing normally to your heart’s pumping activity. Parts that move weakly may have been damaged during a heart attack or be receiving too little oxygen. This may indicate coronary artery disease or various other conditions.

Stress test

If your pain or discomfort occurs usually during exercise the doctor might refer you for a stress test. You might be made to walk on a treadmill or a monitored physical activity while an echocardiogram is taken.


An electrocardiogram records electrical signals as they travel through your heart. An ECG can often reveal evidence of a previous heart attack or one that’s in progress.

Types of Heart Bypass Surgeries

Based on the number of blocked arteries requiring repair, the surgery is mainly of 4 types:
Single bypass surgery: Only one artery is blocked.
Double bypass surgery: Two arteries are blocked.
Triple bypass surgery: Three arteries are blocked.
Quadruple bypass surgery: Four arteries are blocked.