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Heart transplant - series—Indications

Indications

Overview

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

Update Date 4/13/2015

Updated by: Dale Mueller, MD, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, HeartCare Midwest; Chairman Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery, OSF St. Francis Medical Center; and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Illinois, Peoria, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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