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Heart transplant - series—Indications



A heart transplant may be recommended for heart failure caused by:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Cardiomyopathy (thickening of the heart walls)
  • Heart valve disease with congestive heart failure
  • Severe congenital heart disease

Heart transplant surgery is not recommended for patients who have:

  • Kidney, lung, or liver disease
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM)
  • Other life-threatening diseases

Review Date 4/16/2023

Updated by: Mary C. Mancini, MD, PhD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Shreveport, LA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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