Initial Heart Transplant Evaluation

If the patient is deemed a potential candidate, he or she is invited to the Baptist Heart Institute for further assessment and to meet members of the transplant team. During the first visit, the patient is seen by the transplant nurse practitioner or physician. Prior to being seen, every attempt is made to obtain and to review the patient's old records, cardiac function studies, heart catheterization, and where appropriate, records relating to other health conditions.

During the initial consultation, the transplant nurse practitioner examines the patient and educates the patient about the transplant process. Family members are invited and are strongly encouraged to attend. A good deal of time is devoted to the pros and cons of heart transplantation. Patients are closely scrutinized for any potential contraindications. The clinical transplant coordinator and nurse practitioner will set up the evaluation schedule.

Based on the information gathered during the evaluation process, the Transplant Review Board, a multi-disciplinary team may render one of the following five decisions:

  1. The patient may be accepted for transplantation.
  2. Further tests may be required to make a determination.
  3. A decision may be made to defer on listing the patient if they are too early or there is a question about some aspect of their case such as compliance, psychosocial support or nutritional status.
  4. A decision may be made to try some other form of therapy or procedure prior to listing.
  5. The patient may be rejected.

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Baptist Transplant Program

6025 Walnut Grove Rd.
Suite 207
Memphis, TN 38120


Attn: Transplant Services

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