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Heart Transplant Prognosis Information for Patients at Tampa General Hospital

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The prognosis for heart transplant recipients is generally positive, as the percentage of successful transplants has steadily risen over the last few decades. All U.S. heart transplant centers, including Tampa General Hospital’s Heart Transplant Program, have the results from their surgeries tracked by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). This organization collects information about the survival rates of patients in every program, as well as the success rates of grafts and average wait times for patients on a program’s heart transplant list.

SRTR reports can be important resources for people needing transplants and their families. The prognosis for a heart transplant recipient in Tampa General’s Heart Transplant Program is reflected in the SRTR data. Before considering our results, however, it’s vital to understand the many factors that can play a role in the numbers. For example, Tampa General regularly admits high-risk patients into our program, whereas other transplant centers may have turned them away. The SRTR accounts for these differences in criteria when producing its data. According to the SRTR data, Tampa General’s Heart Transplant Program usually:

  • Has heart transplant patient survival rates that meet or exceed national averages.
  • Has some of the shortest average wait times for patients on the transplant waiting list, with many patients receiving a new heart within a year of being placed on the transplant list and even some patients who receive transplants within 30 days.

To find more information about the heart transplant prognosis for patients in Tampa General Hospital’s Heart Transplant Program, visit the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients or the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.