Heart Transplant

Middle aged couple hugging and smilingA heart transplant may be necessary to save the life of a patient whose heart is no longer functioning properly because of chronic cardiovascular disease or viral infection. During a cardiac transplant, a surgeon will remove a patient’s damaged or diseased heart, and replace it with a healthier heart from a suitable donor.

At Tampa General Hospital’s Transplant Center, a heart transplant may be performed to address several specific conditions, including dilated cardiomyopathy, ischemic cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension, and congenital heart disease, all of which lead to end-stage heart failure. Therefore, heart transplants are typically reserved for patients with end-stage congestive heart failure who have an estimated survival period of less than one year without the transplant, and who are not candidates for or have not been helped by other conventional medical or surgical therapies. A cardiac transplant is a major procedure and may not be an appropriate or immediate solution for every patient with a heart condition. As such, our transplant center team and Medical Review Board determine patient candidacy based on the information provided in a completed cardiothoracic transplant referral form and other factors. For patients who do qualify for a transplant, TGH’s Heart Transplant Program is one of the leading programs in the region because:
  • On average, nearly half of our patients receive a heart transplant within 3.2 months of placement on the waiting list, based on the latest Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) data released in July 2015. This makes our time to transplant one of the shortest in the nation, and the shortest in Florida.
  • Our one-year heart transplant patient survival rate of 90.97 percent is greater than the national average (90.39 percent), and our three-year survival rate of 86.36 percent also is greater than the national average of 84.36 percent, according to the latest SRTR data. Our longest-surviving heart transplant recipient has had their new heart for nearly three decades.
  • Our heart transplant program has a team of highly respected transplant surgeons.
  • In 1985, TGH became the first hospital in Florida to successfully perform a life-saving heart transplant. Our transplant program serves, on average, 52 patients each year since 2001, making us the most robust cardiac transplant program in the entire state of Florida and one of the busiest programs in the nation.

Cardiothoracic transplant referral form

 

TGH is also a recognized leader in the implantation of mechanical circulatory support (MCS), or ventricular assist devices (VADs), as a bridge to transplant, bridge to recovery, and destination therapy. MCS is an option that may be suitable for patients who are not qualified to undergo or cannot sustain a full cardiac transplant. We offer a wide selection of VADs, including Heart Mate II, Impella, Heartware, and Centrimag. Whether patients require a cardiac transplant or can benefit from an MCS implant, our expert team will help each patient find the treatment option that’s most appropriate for their specific situation.

 

Click here to view a video of a two-time heart transplant recipient's story.

Tampa General Hospital's longest living survivor of a heart transplant celebrated the 30th anniversary of his transplant in June of 2015. Click here to read his inspiring story.
 
Contact Tampa General Hospital for more information about our heart transplant program. Call 1-800-505-7769 (press 1 for heart transplat program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-4088.