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Patients whose hearts do not function well due to coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, cardiorenal syndrome, valvular disease or other life-threatening cardiac problems may be candidates for a heart transplant.
There are four major stages in the heart transplant process at Penn Medicine.
- Preparing for transplant
- Transplant surgery
- After transplant care
Patients who may be helped by a heart transplant undergo an extensive evaluation by our heart transplant team. Based on the evaluation results, the transplant team decides whether or not a heart transplant is appropriate as the best therapeutic option.
The decision to proceed with a heart transplant represents a lifelong commitment to self-care and medical follow-up, so the ultimate decision rests with the patients. Only they can evaluate their quality of life and determine whether or not a heart transplant is worth pursuing.
The Penn Heart Transplant team provides comprehensive evaluations for patients who may be candidates for a heart transplant.
If you are found to be a candidate for a heart transplant, the next step is to have your information entered into the national database waiting list.
Once a heart becomes available for transplant, you will be notified by the Penn Transplant team.
After your heart transplantation, you will be in the care of the medical team in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. It is important to know what post-surgery recovery entails. Penn Medicine prepares you with the information you need.