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Heart Care

Heart Transplant

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Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute is the regional leader in heart transplantation. We performed our first transplant in 1986, and now average 20 to 25 transplants a year, making us one of the busiest heart transplant programs in North and South Carolina.

Team-based Approach

Despite advances in the treatment of heart failure, many patients will advance to end-stage heart failure and will need a heart transplant. At Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, our multidisciplinary team has the experience and collective knowledge to meet the needs of transplant patients. The team collaborates weekly to determine the best course of treatment for each patient, whether it is advanced medical therapies, mechanical circulatory support or cardiac transplantation.

The team includes:

  • Transplant cardiac surgeons
  • Transplant cardiologists
  • Pediatric transplant cardiologists
  • Pediatric cardiologists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Nephrologists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Certified transplant coordinators
  • Medical social workers
  • Insurance coordinators
  • Pharmacist
  • Nutritionist

What Patients can Expect

Patients are seen in our transplant clinic and evaluated by a board-certified cardiologist, transplant coordinator, transplant social worker and dietitian. Our patient navigators help with other issues, such as care before the transplant and fostering family support.

Once a patient is in the post-intervention phase, he or she returns to the outpatient clinic to be monitored for rejection, infection or other comorbidities. The ultimate success of transplant depends on getting the patient appropriate, comprehensive care throughout the course of treatment.

Learn more about the transplant evaluation and waiting process

Total Artificial Heart

In 2014, Sanger became the first in North and South Carolina to implant a total artificial heart. Before this breakthrough, patients waiting for a transplant were left with limited options, unless they had the resources to travel outside of the region. The total artificial heart will allow patients to live as normal a life as possible while they wait for a donor heart.

Mechanical Circulatory Support

In addition to heart transplant, we offer left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), a device designed to assist your heart in pumping blood from the main pumping chamber (left ventricle) to the rest of your body. In the critically ill patient awaiting transplantation, the LVAD serves as a bridge-to-transplant by mimicking the functions of a healthy human heart.

In 2010, Sanger was awarded a Disease Specific Certification by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission to do destination therapy for Medicare patients.

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