Heart Failure and Heart Transplants
A heart transplant is the surgical replacement of a person's diseased heart with a healthy donor's heart. The donor is a person who has died and whose family has agreed to donate their loved one's organs.
Since the performance of the first human heart transplant in 1967, heart transplantation has changed from an experimental operation to an established treatment for advanced heart disease. Approximately 2,300 heart transplants are performed each year in the U. S.
Why Are Heart Transplants Performed?
A heart transplant is considered when heart failure is so severe that it does not respond to all other therapies, but the person's health is otherwise good.