Heart Transplant Waiting List

If it is decided that transplant is the best treatment option, the patient is added to the waitlist managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). This is a national organization that matches transplant recipients with available organs. Matches are based on:

  • Location
  • Time spent on the waiting list
  • Blood type
  • Body size
  • Severity of illness

Waiting time varies by the individual and can range from days to years. The Transplant Team follows each patient closely during this period to assure that the heart failure is controlled. When a compatible donor organ becomes available, the transplant coordinator will notify the patient, who will be admitted to Baptist Memphis.

Heart and Vascular

Learn more about Baptist cardiology services, risk factors for heart disease and more in the Heart and Vascular Frequently Asked Questions.

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