Heart transplant is a procedure of last resort for patients with severe heart conditions. It’s often considered for patients with:
- Weakened heart muscle (cardiomyopathy)
- Congenital heart defects
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart valve disease
- Life-threatening irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
Heart transplant procedures have come a long way in just a couple of decades. Once an experimental procedure performed only in selected hospitals, heart transplantation is now the treatment of choice for many patients with end-stage heart disease. Transplant surgeries have become more common because of surgical advancements and advancements in immunology and tissue preservation—and thousands more patients every year could benefit from heart transplants if more donated hearts were available.
But heart transplant is a delicate procedure that requires a highly skilled, experienced team of cardiovascular professionals. That’s why it makes sense to rely on the team at St.Vincent Heart Center and the physicians of St.Vincent Medical Group. We’ve created a special group of professionals who deal specifically with the needs of transplant patients and their families, including cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses, social workers, and members of the St.Vincent Hospital Pastoral Care departments. Nowhere in Indiana will you find a more experienced team than St.Vincent Medical Group; a team whose reputation remains as strong as the day it performed the first heart transplant in Indiana in 1987.
Over the years, St.Vincent Transplant Services has earned the reputation as the most desirable destination for heart transplants in Indiana. The expert team of cardiologists at St.Vincent Heart Center can help determine which patients are the best candidates for heart transplantation. In addition, we can provide all the specialized care heart transplant patients need as they recover and learn to live with their new hearts.