People with serious heart conditions leading to heart failure may be most appropriately treated with a heart transplant if other treatment options have been considered or tried. Heart failure may be caused by many medical conditions, including:
Your transplant team will evaluate you to determine whether a heart transplant may be safe and beneficial for you. Your comprehensive evaluation includes blood tests, imaging studies and other tests. Doctors will check you for other serious conditions, including chronic infections and cancer.
Most people who are evaluated are determined to be eligible for a heart transplant. Your doctors and transplant team will work with you to promote wellness, lower your risks and improve your outcome after heart transplant. A care team member will talk with you about the importance of taking your immunosuppressant (anti-rejection) medications to keep your body from rejecting your heart.