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Miami Transplant Institute

1801 NW 9th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Our Adult and Pediatric Heart Transplant Program

Our team saves lives by implanting new organs and ventricular assist devices.

A Recognized Leader

If you have heart failure, our advanced heart failure and transplant team is ready to provide the best possible care. That might mean medical management, stabilizing your heart with a ventricular assist device (VAD) or moving ahead with a heart transplant as rapidly as possible.

Our multidisciplinary team focuses on saving the lives of children and adults, and restoring the heart to its best possible functioning. We also collaborate with Jackson Health System’s cardiac surgeons and cardiologists to address other serious problems related to the heart.

Since 1986, our team has performed hundreds of heart transplants. We can also do some of the most complex multi-organ transplants, such as heart and liver, and heart-lung-liver procedures.

The Miami Transplant Institute is a recognized leader in these life-saving procedures:

A Recognized Leader

If you have heart failure, our advanced heart failure and transplant team is ready to provide the best possible care. That might mean medical management, stabilizing your heart with a ventricular assist device (VAD) or moving ahead with a heart transplant as rapidly as possible.

Our multidisciplinary team focuses on saving the lives of children and adults, and restoring the heart to its best possible functioning. We also collaborate with Jackson Health System’s cardiac surgeons and cardiologists to address other serious problems related to the heart.

Since 1986, our team has performed hundreds of heart transplants. We can also do some of the most complex multi-organ transplants, such as heart and liver, and heart-lung-liver procedures.

The Miami Transplant Institute is a recognized leader in these life-saving procedures:

800+

heart transplants and VAD procedures to date—giving our team extensive experience

30-40

heart transplants and VAD procedures combined annually—for adult and pediatric patients

Advanced Heart Failure

Heart transplants are not the only therapy for heart failure, which claims tens of thousands of lives every year. Patients who have been hospitalized several times for heart failure should consider a transplant or a ventricular assist device. In the past, VADs have been used on a temporary basis until a donor heart becomes available. However, our team now offers this mechanical support option as a long-term alternative to transplantation for patients who may not qualify for a heart transplant or for whom a VAD works so well a transplant becomes unnecessary.

Ventricular Assist Devices

We have been in the forefront of advancing the clinical use of VADs in patients with advanced heart failure, and we have participated in the clinical trials of many of the newest devices, helping make them available for patients. Many patients with VADs also have a higher quality of life and fewer complications compared with traditional medical therapy. We are one of the few centers to implant these devices in children, from age 5 to adolescents. We are also pioneers of total artificial hearts for selected patients for whom VADs are not effective to help patients survive until transplantation.

In all these ways, our heart transplant program is saving lives while leading the way into the future.

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Advanced Heart Failure

Heart transplants are not the only therapy for heart failure, which claims tens of thousands of lives every year. Patients who have been hospitalized several times for heart failure should consider a transplant or a ventricular assist device. In the past, VADs have been used on a temporary basis until a donor heart becomes available. However, our team now offers this mechanical support option as a long-term alternative to transplantation for patients who may not qualify for a heart transplant or for whom a VAD works so well a transplant becomes unnecessary.

Ventricular Assist Devices

We have been in the forefront of advancing the clinical use of VADs in patients with advanced heart failure, and we have participated in the clinical trials of many of the newest devices, helping make them available for patients. Many patients with VADs also have a higher quality of life and fewer complications compared with traditional medical therapy. We are one of the few centers to implant these devices in children, from age 5 to adolescents. We are also pioneers of total artificial hearts for selected patients for whom VADs are not effective to help patients survive until transplantation.

In all these ways, our heart transplant program is saving lives while leading the way into the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need a heart transplant?

A multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, and transplant specialists can evaluate your heart condition and outline your treatment options so you can make a well-informed decision.

What conditions lead to heart failure?

There are many conditions that may require a life-saving organ transplant or mechanical support, including congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, or ischemic cardiomyopathy

What happens if I have been approved for transplantation?

You will be placed on the recipient wait list of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Heart recipients are matched to potential donors according to blood type, tissue type, and waiting time on the list.

Are these procedures painful?

Patients are under sedation for the procedure but may experience discomfort afterwards.

How long does it take to recover?

Depending on the procedure, you may be able to resume normal daily activities in several weeks.

Will I need further treatment?

Yes. Transplant patients require ongoing medical care, including regular follow-up checkups.

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