This is surgery to remove a severely diseased and failing heart. It is replaced with a healthy heart from a deceased donor.
Normal Heart and Heart With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
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A heart transplant is done if you have:
- End stage heart disease that is life threatening and cannot be fixed with medication or other surgeries, but you are in otherwise good health—This is most often due to cardiomyopathy, which is a disease of the heart muscle, along with severe congestive heart failure.
- Severe coronary artery disease that cannot be fixed with medication or other surgeries
- Congenital heart defects that cannot be fixed with medication or other surgeries
- Valvular defects that cannot be fixed with medication or other surgeries—This condition makes it too hard for the heart to pump blood through the body.
- Uncontrollable life-threatening irregular heart rhythms that cannot be fixed with medication or other surgeries
Last reviewedSeptember 2013by Michael Woods, MD
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