Heart Transplantation

It is infinitely better to transplant a heart than to bury it to be devoured by worms - Christiaan Barnard

Heart Transplantation
Heart Transplantation

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 I Got a Heart Transplant When I Was 13

Almost a decade later, I know it's a treatment and not a cure.

International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation

The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation was created in 1981 at a small gathering of about 15 cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. Today we have over 2900 members from over 45 countries, representing over 14 different disciplines involved in the management and treatment of end-state heart and lung disease.

My Name is Marcela and I Have a New Heart

Marcela spent the first four years of her life in hospital emergency rooms, urgent care facilities and doctors offices. She would break into a sweat just fighting to breathe.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Heart transplants are done as a life-saving measure for end-stage heart failure when medical treatment and less drastic surgery have failed. Because donor hearts are in short supply, patients who need a heart transplant go through a careful selection process.

Cincinnati Children's

The goal of heart transplantation is to return the patient to as functional a state as possible with the least amount of limitations and best quality of life.

Johns Hopkins

The Johns Hopkins Heart Transplant Program developed an approach to treating congestive heart failure that is reducing hospital admissions, improving the quality of life for patients and lowering mortality rates. Besides an aggressive medical approach, the program stresses intensive education and lifestyle counseling.

Mayo Clinic

Find out what's involved in a heart transplant '' from registering with a heart transplant center and waiting for a donor heart to the heart transplant surgery and post-transplant care.

Texas Heart Institute

The Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is one of the most experienced, successful programs in the world. Its surgeons have performed more than 1,000 transplant procedures. The key to the program's success is an experienced, highly skilled transplant team.


Cardiac transplantation, also called heart transplantation, has evolved into the treatment of choice for many people with severe heart failure (HF) who have severe symptoms despite maximum medical therapy. Survival among cardiac transplant recipients has improved as a result of improvements in treatments that suppress the immune system and prevent infection. Unfortunately, the number of heart donors has reached a plateau despite an increasing number of potential recipients.

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