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.
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
Pediatric transplant cardiologists
Infectious disease specialists
Certified transplant coordinators
Medical social workers
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.
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.