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Heart Transplant Program

About Our Program

The USC Heart Transplant Program provides a full range of reparative operations for acquired heart disease such as coronary artery disease and arrhythmias. Medicare certified for heart transplantation, we are one of only a few centers on the west coast that offers a "bridge" to transplantation, utilizing the left ventricular assist device (VAD). We are also the test center for the electrical left ventricular assist device, a mobile device that allows patients to safely wait for transplantation while in the comfort of their own home.

Heart, with superior vena cava, ascending aorta, pulmonary artery, right atrium, right ventricle and left ventricle labeled.

Patients eligible for heart transplantation include patients with end-stage cardiac disease not amenable to conventional medical or surgical therapies. Most transplant patients are typically healthy, without end stage organ disease, are under the age of 70 and usually carry the diagnosis of cardiomyopathy or coronary disease. Prior surgical procedures are not a contraindication to heart transplantation.

Contraindications to transplantation include severe obesity, active neoplastic disease, systemic or untreatable local infection, tobacco or drug dependency. lack of adequate support systems, and the inability to comply with a strict medical regimen.

Our comprehensive program includes continual transplant team communication with patient/family regarding all aspects of patient's medical care. Patients and families are also given general educational materials about what is expected post transplantation.

We place value on our relationship with the referring physician and are committed to excellent communication to foster high quality continuity of care.


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