Heart transplant program in Dallas, Texas
At Medical City Heart Hospital, our heart transplant program is designed to meet your needs. If you are experiencing advanced heart failure, we have a number of treatments available, including medication, lifestyle change recommendations and surgical procedures.
If having a heart transplant becomes necessary for you, you are in good hands. The transplant team has performed more than 500 heart transplants since the program's beginning and consistently ranks among the top performing in transplant centers across the country.
To learn more about our heart transplant services, please call (972) 940-9520.
Do I qualify for a heart transplant?
A heart transplant may be your best treatment option after your team of specialists has exhausted all medication and other therapies. You may need a heart transplant if you have one of the following conditions:
- Ischemic cardiomyopathy
- Dilated cardiomyopathy
- Restrictive cardiomyopathy
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
- Congenital (present at birth) heart disease
- Postpartum cardiomyopathy
- Valvular heart disease
Heart transplant process
Once you have been established as a potential heart transplant candidate, you will schedule an initial visit with a cardiologist, transplant surgeon, pre-transplant nurse coordinator, social worker, financial coordinator and dietitian.
You can expect to undergo an extensive series of tests to determine the appropriate treatment option. This will typically include:
- Blood work to evaluate kidney, liver and thyroid functions, blood type and antibody testing
- Cardiac evaluation with an echocardiogram, functional stress test and right heart catheterization
- Pulmonary evaluation with chest X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest and breathing tests
- Abdominal sonogram and CT scan of the head
- Peripheral vascular assessment (only some patients have this)
- Routine cancer screenings
- Bone density screening
- Psychological evaluation
Once you have completed the evaluation process and are deemed eligible, you are placed on the national waiting list. The United Network for Organ Sharing maintains the national list and is directly linked with the local Organ Procurement Agency and transplant center when assigning the organ.
Wait times vary for each patient and are based on a system that takes into account the candidates' medical urgency, blood type, body size and length of time on the waiting list.
Medicare and most private insurers cover heart transplants. A transplant financial coordinator will verify insurance benefits prior to your initial visit.
Heart transplant recovery
After transplant surgery, you can expect to be hospitalized for seven to 10 days. The post-transplant nurse coordinator will begin medication and transplant education.
Establishing a support system
It is extremely important to pre-identify a family member or friend to be available as your support system. During the education process, this family member or friend is required to be educated with you. Also, once you are discharged from the hospital, you will not be able to drive for three months and are required to attend multiple appointments.
The first clinic visit takes place one week post-discharge. You will also need transportation to cardiac rehabilitation three time a week for the first three months.
Living Gift Support Group
The Living Gift Support Group is held several times a year at Medical City and is a great place to meet other transplant patients and learn about community resources.
For more information about the support group, please call (972) 940-9520.
Heart transplant at Medical City Healthcare
A heart transplant is a surgical procedure performed on patients with heart failure, where the failing heart is replaced with a healthier heart from an organ donor.Learn about Heart transplant