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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

Review Date 11/28/2017

Updated by: Todd Campbell, MD, FACS, Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Surgery, Volunteer Faculty, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ; Staff General Surgeon, Wilmington VA Medical Center, Wilmington, DE. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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