Heart Transplant
Transplant Overview

Heart transplantation is a surgical option to treat advanced heart failure, a condition that occurs when the heart can't pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's organs. Heart failure affects nearly five million adults in the U.S., and may be the result of a number of conditions, including:

Stanford cardiologists are experts at managing heart failure and have a deep understanding of the treatment options available. In some cases, heart failure can be managed through lifestyle changes such as dietary restrictions and weight loss or through the use of medications. In other cases, a person with heart failure may require medical or surgical procedures. For patients with severe heart failure in which all other therapies have failed, treatment options may include heart transplantation or mechanical circulatory support with a ventricular assist device (VAD).  It is important to discuss all of your risk factors with your physician when deciding on the best treatment.  Risk factors to consider include:


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