A 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.
- 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.
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.
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