Learn more about how Ohio State is leading the way in organ transplantation!

Why choose Ohio State for heart transplant?

Experience: Our Comprehensive Transplant Center has one of the largest organ transplant programs in the nation and is a preferred provider for all major insurance companies. Each year we perform 600 kidney, liver, pancreas, combined kidney-pancreas, heart and lung transplants. Since our program started in 1967, we have performed 12,000 lifesaving organ transplants including 1,100 cardiothoracic transplants (hearts and lungs).

Leading-edge treatments: Ohio State's team of researchers was among the first in the nation to evaluate the use of cyclosporine, a drug that suppresses the immune system and dramatically improves the success of organ transplantation. Ohio State is certified to implant the temporary CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart, which serves as a bridge to transplant for the most critically ill patients.

Heart transplant research: Our research teams are studying new methods to lengthen the amount of time a heart remains viable for transplantation. We are the first in central Ohio to use novel "heart in a box" monitoring system that preserves hearts donated for transplant up to three times longer than current methods.

Heart Transplant Candidates

Heart Transplant Candidates

Several diseases and conditions may cause heart failure, resulting in the need for a heart transplant:

  • Ischemic cardiomyopathy: happens when an artery leading to the heart becomes narrowed or blocked for a short time and oxygen-rich blood cannot reach your heart. In most cases of ischemia, this temporary blood shortage to the heart causes pain in the chest (called angina pectoris). In certain other cases, there is no pain. These cases are called silent ischemia
  • Non-ischemic cardiomyopathy: predominately involves the heart's abnormal structure and function. It does not involve the hardening of arteries on the heart surface typically associated with ischemic cardiomyopathy
  • Post-partum cardiomyopathy: a rare type of heart failure that is diagnosed in women during the last month of pregnancy or within five months following delivery. The damage weakens the heart muscle and causes the heart to become enlarged. As a result, the heart can’t pump blood properly throughout the rest of the body
  • Malignant arrhythmias: abnormal electrical signals in the heart that cause impairment, preventing the heart from beating in an organized rhythm and may cause sudden cardiac death
  • Intractable angina: debilitating chest pain or discomfort that occurs during exercise and exertion that prevents living a meaningful quality of life and is not treatable by opening up more blood flow to the heart
Screenings before transplant ensure that you are in good medical and psychological health and that you have the motivation and support to comply with treatment plans. Some conditions may prevent a heart transplant from being performed (including kidney, lung or liver disease, insulin-dependent diabetes with poor function of other organs, other types of blood vessel disease of the neck and leg). All patients must meet the chemical dependency requirements of the Ohio Solid Organ Transplantation Consortium.

Patient Process

Heart Transplant Process

Heart Transplant Process

A goal of our Comprehensive Transplant Center is to ensure our transplant patients experience a thorough continuity of services through the entire transplant process, including pre-transplant evaluation, communication throughout the waiting process, acute medical care during and following surgery, intensive outpatient treatment, post-transplant outpatient visits and ongoing telephone follow-up.

Treatment Team

Heart Transplant Team

Heart Transplant Team

Our Comprehensive Transplant Center treatment team includes:

Frequently Asked Questions

Heart Transplant Frequently Asked Questions

Heart Transplant Frequently Asked Questions

Patient Success Stories

16 and healthy one minute, in dire need of a heart transplant the next

Healthy, athletic and only 16 years old, Ohio native Gigi was the last person you’d think would need a heart transplant. Until she collapsed at a family gathering, and a race against time began to save her life.

Portsmouth Man on the Receiving End of a New Heart and Renewed Life

61-year-old Lou Bennett is thankful for a new heart, just seven months after falling ill officiating a high school football game. [graphic heart transplant surgery footage]

Second Opinion Saved Bob from Heart Failure

Bob suffered with congestive heart failure for years. A second opinion at OSU involved an LVAD, and eventually, a heart transplant. 

Ironman Receives Best Christmas Gift of All - A New Heart

Avid marathon runner Dan Leite was shocked to learn that he had developed heart failure. As his condition worsened, Dan turned to the Ohio State Ross Heart Hospital for his heart failure care, which ultimately resulted in a heart transplant on Christmas Eve.

Genetic Heart Condition Leads to Transplant

With a family history of heart disease called restrictive cardio myopathy, Christal knew at a young age that she'd eventually need a heart transplant.

Heart Transplant Recipient Living Life to the Fullest

Almost 14 years after his heart transplant, Adam is living life to the fullest, married and raising two beautiful children - the second child named after his heart donor.

At 37, Wendell Did Not Expect His Heart to Fail

Thanks to the lifesaving care he received at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, Wendell has a new chance to watch his son grow up.

Tips From Our Experts

Steps to Listing for Heart Transplant

To be considered for placement on the heart transplant list, patients undergo extensive evaluation and testing. Dr. Ayesha Hasan provides an overview of the process.

Heart Transplant: What to Expect

Once the heart weakens to the point where regular treatments will no longer work, a heart transplant may be considered. Dr. Sitaramesh Emani explains the process.

Required Care Following Heart Transplant

Following a heart transplant patients receive focused care the rest of their lives. Dr. Ayesha Hasan explains what to expect and why close follow up is so important.

Why Heart Biopsy Following Transplantation

Following heart transplantation, patients should expect to have regular heart biopsies. Dr. Ayesha Hasan explains this outpatient procedure and why it is necessary.
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