Who are the decision makers in getting a heart transplant?

Teams at Each Center. Certain hospitals in the US are licensed by the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide transplantation services. Each hospital must provide a team of professionals trained and experienced to decide on the risks and benefits of transplant. These teams are required to include surgeons, physicians, social workers, nutritionists, etc.
Transplant board. Transplant centers have a multidisiplinary team that discuss treatment options for terminal heart failure patients and make recomendations based on unos guidelines.

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What makes someone eligible to get a heart transplant?

Refractory symptoms. Pts that fail a maximal oral medical therapy reqiure multiple admissions to the hospital visits requiring IV medications to stay out of heart failure.Pts that require an asist device such a lvad are the types of pts that are cosidered for transplant. An vo2 stress test, muga scan, heartcaths, etc are tests done to eval pts. Elderly pts smokers morbidly obese and pts with poor compliance r excluded. Read more...
End stage heart fail. End stage heart failure, intractable angina or ventricular arthythmias are the most common indications for heart transplant. Eligibility screening includes a thorough evaluation: medical (to rule out contraindications such as active cancer, bad diabetes, etc.), social (good support system, non user of tobacco, heavy alcohol or drugs) and financial (ability to pay for meds afterwards). Read more...
A Failing Heart. They have end stage cardiac disease, and therefore a predicted shortened life expectancy. Read more...

During a heart transplant, after you take out an old heart and put a new one in, what happens if you cannot get it to beat for whatever reason? Death?

New Heart. During a heart transplant, the patient is put on a bypass machine. What this means is that the patient's blood is pumped through an external device, and then back into the patient. Kind of like an external heart. The patient is taken off the bypass machine with a new heart that beats, generally speaking. Read more...

How do I know if I can get a heart transplant?

Get transplant eval. Most transplant programs have multidisciplinary teams which include heart failure/transplant cardiology, surgeon, coordinator, and social worker which together evaluate each case for candidacy. Read more...
Need an evaluation. You need to be evaluated and approved by a heart transplant center. Ask your cardiologist to refer you to a local center if you were told you have severe heart failure. Read more...

How easily is it to get a heart transplant in the us?

Hard. It is never "easy" to have any surgery and a heart transplant is certainly never easy. Read more...
Not enough organs. At the end of 2011 in the us there were about 3, 100 patients on the wait list for a heart; and in 2011 2, 322 patients received a heart transplant. Read more...