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Waiting for a New Heart

To remain on the waiting list for a left ventricular assist device, a total artificial heart or a heart transplant, you may have to complete the following:

  • An office visit with a heart transplant specialist every three months (or as needed)
  • An annual mammogram and gynecologic exam
  • An annual prostate exam
  • A right heart catheterization every six months
  • Regular heart pressure monitoring

Who Gets a Heart

Organ allocation guidelines are based on United Network for Organ Sharing and Organ Procurement policies that include medical criteria as well as the equitable utilization of organs.

The current heart allocation policy considers characteristics of both the donor and the transplant candidate. A number of factors determine who receives the organ, including blood type, length of time on waiting list, and listing status.

Contact the Heart Transplantation Team

Meet Our Team

For more information about heart transplantation, call 704-355-6649 or 800-562-5752.