Preparing for heart transplant
Approved transplant candidates
are placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) list while awaiting
transplant. During this time, the transplant team monitors the patient to
ensure his or her condition remains stable. Should the patient’s condition
begin to decline, other innovative procedures such as intravenous medications
and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation may be recommended until
a compatible donor heart is located.
donor heart becomes available, the donor-recipient matching system considers
several factors in finalizing a match:
Once a donor
heart has been identified, the patient is called to the hospital immediately,
where a thorough evaluation is conducted on the donor organ and the patient.