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Heart Transplants

Currently, there are 4,207 people awaiting heart transplants in the U.S. 133 people in our region are awaiting heart transplants.

About the Heart

The life-center of the body, the heart is the hardest working muscle in our bodies, responsible for pumping blood throughout the body. Just like any other muscle, it can be subject to fatigue, especially if it has been weakened by a number of cardiovascular diseases.

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When damaged enough, a patient's only option may be a heart transplant. This usually follows conditions such as coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy or weakening of the heart muscle.

Transplant

Donation is key to saving the life of a patient who is waiting for a heart transplant as the severity of the weakened heart is critical. The only option, if no transplant is immediately available, is for the patient to be assisted with a mechanical heart called an LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device), which can be surgically implanted to maintain blood pumping until a transplant is available.

  • Patients wait on average four months for a heart transplant.
  • In 2014, there were 2,174 heart transplants performed nationally.

Hear the story of a heart transplant recipient.
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