Frequently Asked Questions about Heart Transplants

Q. How does someone get on the heart transplant waiting list?
A. Patients interested in heart transplant must receive an evaluation at a transplant center. This includes an educational class, meeting with the transplant team and medical testing.

Q. How long do you have to wait to get a heart transplant?
A. Wait time for a transplant depends on many factors, including how sick a patient is, but typically ranges from one month to one year.

Q. What is life like after heart transplant?
A. The goal of heart transplantation is for the patient to return to a normal life. Many patients are able to enjoy a high quality of life following transplant with proper follow-up care.

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