Have You Ever Wondered What Happens During a Heart Transplant?

Cleveland Clinic Cardiac Transplant Program

  • The third center in the United States to perform over 1,000 heart transplants
  • The third largest heart transplant program in the United States, the largest in Ohio.
  • Excellent survival rates following transplant with survival of 90%, 79%, and 59% at 1, 5, and 10 years.
  • Performed Ohio’s only 7 combined heart/lung transplants.

Improved outcomes are due to selection of appropriate candidates and donors; improvement in pre-transplant support, advances in immunosuppressant medications, and better protection from infection.

When medications and surgery fail to manage heart failure symptoms and progression, cardiac transplant is considered as a treatment option. A heart transplant improves length and quality of life for patients with end-stage heart failure.

Reviewed 07/16