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Heart Transplant Qualifications at Tampa General Hospital

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Patients must meet certain qualifications to be considered for a heart transplant at Tampa General Hospital. Requirements for acceptance into TGH’s Heart Transplant Program include:

Patients must have been diagnosed with advanced cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart disease, or another form of end-stage heart failure to meet heart transplant qualifications. Additionally, the patient’s diagnosis must place them at a high risk for mortality within one year if a transplant is not performed.

  • Patients must not have cancer, active infections, impairment of any organ other than the heart, or arterial disease that prevents the heart from circulating blood to the brain or legs.
  • Patients must be 70 years of age or younger, and they must not be medically obese.
  • Patients must be able to understand and adhere to the various post-transplant rehabilitation requirements, such as taking anti-rejection medications for the rest of their lives, returning to TGH for regular follow-up visits, and abstaining from alcohol and tobacco throughout the transplant process.
  • Patients must have adequate social support to assist with post-operative care.

These heart transplant qualifications help ensure that patients on the waiting list for a new heart are truly projected to benefit from the procedure. Yet while successful outcomes are extremely important to us, so is our commitment to helping patients with challenging cases. At Tampa General, we work with a number of high-risk patients. We evaluate patients on many factors, including the information submitted in their physician-completed referral form, to determine if they meet heart transplant qualifications and stand to benefit from a transplant.

After patients are accepted into our program and placed on our heart transplant waiting list, a separate set of heart transplant qualifications set by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) will determine the order in which they receive organs as they become available.