Heart Transplant Outcomes & Survival Rate Information

cardiothoracic referral form buttonThe heart transplant survival rate for patients in Tampa General Hospital’s Heart Transplant Program and all other transplant programs nationwide is tracked by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). These SRTR transplant program reports, which include waiting time and organ availability in addition to survival rates, provide reliable information for patients, families, and medical professionals about all U.S. hospitals with transplant centers.

Many factors can influence heart transplant survival rates, so it’s important to consider each facility’s particular circumstances when analyzing this data. For example, the survival rates of a hospital’s heart transplant program are connected to the criteria used to admit patients. TGH’s Heart Transplant Program often accepts high-risk patients, and our survival rates are comparable to national averages. In fact, according to the latest SRTR data released in July 2015, our one-year survival rate of 90.97 percent exceeds the national average of 90.39 percent.

While examining a facility’s transplantation survival rates can be helpful, there are other factors to consider when comparing transplant centers, such as the average time a patient spends on the transplant waiting list. Thanks to our partnership with one of the most robust organ procurement organizations in Florida, LifeLink Foundation, Inc., Tampa General Hospital’s Heart Transplant Program has the shortest wait time in the state and among the shortest in the entire nation. According to the latest SRTR data, on average 50 percent of patients on our heart waiting list undergo a transplant within 3.2 months of being listed.

For more information about the patient survival rate at Tampa General Hospital’s Heart Transplant Program, go to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network or the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

Contact Tampa General Hospital for more information about our heart transplant program. Call 1-800-505-7769 (press 1 for the heart transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator), or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-4088.