Heart Transplant Evaluation

For some patients with advanced heart failure, transplant may be the best treatment option. Our multidisciplinary transplant team completes in-depth medical, psychological and physiological evaluations of each patient to determine the individual's eligibility for transplantation.

Medical Examination

Transplant candidates undergo a medical screening process to ensure they are healthy enough for the procedure. Our heart transplant team looks for any indication of infection or disease that could be problematic post-surgery. The screening includes blood tests, pulmonary stress tests, diagnostic imaging and dental examinations.

Additional diagnostic testing may also be conducted to assess the health of the transplant candidate.

Psychosocial Evaluation

Candidates for heart transplant complete a psychosocial evaluation to determine if they have the motivation, family and emotional support, and psychological stability to handle the demands of heart transplant surgery and recuperation.

Physiological Assessment

Rehabilitation and physical activity are a large part of the recovery process after a heart transplant. By obtaining baseline information about our patient's current condition, we will have a better understanding of their physical limitations after surgery.

Waiting List 

Once a patient is deemed eligible for a heart transplant, he/she is put on a waiting list managed by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS). Patients are listed based on the severity of their condition. The length of time each candidate spends on the list can vary significantly.

Post-Transplant Care

After the procedure is complete, the heart transplant team monitors the patient's progress and manages all care during their hospital stay and throughout the recovery process. The first year after a heart transplant is especially crucial for combating rejection episodes, requiring everyone on the team — and the patient — to remain vigilant for any setbacks.

Frequently Asked Questions About Post-Operative Care