An outpatient transplant evaluation can take four to six weeks, so it’s important to start the referral process for heart transplant patients early.
Our heart transplant program assistant will schedule an appointment for the patient to see a heart transplant cardiologist within our Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute within two weeks of the referral. Verbal or written contact will be made to the referring physician after the office visit.
Patients should be referred for a heart transplant in the following scenarios:
To refer a patient for heart transplant, include the following information:
If a patient is deemed acceptable for heart transplant surgery and final insurance approval is obtained, the patient is placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing and Organ Procurement national list.
To remain on the waiting list, patients must complete:
Organ allocation guidelines are based on United Network for Organ Sharing and Organ Procurement Transplant Network policies that include medical criteria, as well as the equitable utilization of organs. Specifically, the heart allocation policy considers characteristics of both the donor and the transplant candidate. Factors that determine who receives the organ include blood type, length of time spent on the waiting list and listing status.
To contact the Heart Transplant Program, call 704-355-6649.