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Heart & Vascular Institute

Defining Heart Transplant Excellence

Best Heart Transplant Outcomes In the Region

Based on the July 2019 Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients report:

98% have 1 year survival with functioning heart

Temple’s survival rate one year after transplant is above the national average.

Despite taking on some of the most challenging cases, Temple has achieved outstanding survival rates.

74.6% of patients received heart transplant within 1 year

Compared to the national average of 52.6%, patients at Temple experience shorter waitlist times.

287.8 out of 100 transplant rate

Programs with higher transplant rates tend to perform transplants more frequently than programs with lower rates.

Temple excels in donor heart assessment, resulting in a significantly higher transplant rate and shorter time-to-transplant for waitlist candidates.

Temple accepts transplant patients over age 65

Temple’s transplant eligibility criteria are broader than most. Patients who have been turned down for transplantation at other centers may be eligible at Temple.

Due to this reputation for accepting and transplanting challenging, complex patients — including those over age 65, those with a high BMI, or patients with other concomitant medical issues, Temple has been able to offer options to more patients with advanced heart failure disease.

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Doctors performing a heart transplant

A History of Excellence

Temple has one of the most experienced heart transplant programs in the country, having performed well over 1,000 transplants since 1984. Temple often has the ability to offer options to patients with complex cardiovascular disease that other hospitals may not. Temple surgeons have also pioneered methods to improve donor organ health and avoid post-transplant complications.