Heart Transplant Program

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The UCSF Heart Transplant Program has performed more than 400 transplants since its first transplant in March 1989.

Heart failure affects nearly 5 million Americans and causes or contributes to as many as a quarter of a million deaths each year. It's a progressive condition in which the heart muscle weakens and gradually loses its ability to pump enough blood to supply the body.

More people are surviving heart attacks but are then left with weakened hearts, so heart failure is the only major cardiovascular disorder on the rise. Between 400,000 and 700,000 new cases are reported every year.

Heart transplants are the most advanced treatment for end-stage heart disease, which is the final phase of heart disease when no other effective treatment remains.

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Heart Transplants During COVID-19

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COVID-19 and Heart Transplants

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    FAQ: Heart Transplant

    There are a number of things you can do to keep your heart healthy and reduce your risk of heart disease such as eating right and staying active. Learn more.

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    • If possible, please send in advance CT scans, chest X-rays, all test results and all other images for review. To ensure a comprehensive first visit, please bring copies of these medical records to your appointment as well.
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      UCSF Division of Cardiology Research

      Researchers at the UCSF Division of Cardiology investigate all aspects of heart disorders, from how disease develops to who is most at risk, with an emphasis on translating key findings into more effective care.

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