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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.

  • Evaluation
  • 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.

  • Heart Evaluation

    The Penn Heart Transplant team provides comprehensive evaluations for patients who may be candidates for a heart transplant.

  • Heart Waiting List

    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.

  • Heart Transplant Surgery

    Once a heart becomes available for transplant, you will be notified by the Penn Transplant team.

  • Post-Heart Transplant Surgery

    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.

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