MUSC Health's Heart Transplant team in Charleston, SC provides the only adult and pediatric cardiac transplantation program in South Carolina.
Since it began in 1987, the MUSC Health Heart Transplant Program has performed more than 400 heart transplants in adults and children.
MUSC Health has a dedicated children's hospital providing specialized care for pediatric transplant recipients.
Our heart transplant success outcomes are comparable to the national average. What's more, MUSC Health's average wait time for heart transplant surgery is among the shortest in the nation.
Our extensive heart transplant experience also contributes to:
For South Carolinians, whose deaths from heart disease are among the highest in the nation, a heart transplant is one of many options available at MUSC Health for successfully treating end-stage heart failure.
Contact the MUSC Health Transplant Center to schedule appointments or ask questions about MUSC Health's heart transplantations.
In order to be a good candidate for a heart transplant, patients must have end-state heart disease with significant risk of mortality within one year, including:
Patients having the following conditions are not good candidates for a heart transplant:
The MUSC Health Transplant Center's wait times for an available heart are among the shortest in the nation. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has a pre-determined process for allocating hearts from deceased donors to eligible transplant candidates. MUSC Health physicians do not decide who is next to receive a heart from the transplant waiting list.
Patients referred to MUSC Health for a heart transplant will be admitted to the hospital for a few days to have certain tests or be scheduled as an outpatient in the clinic for tests. These tests usually take three days to complete and are designed to determine:
Patients are also evaluated by other specialists to determine if a transplant is the right treatment. Those who smoke or drink alcohol must quit at least three months before an evaluation.
When the time comes for the heart transplant, patients can expect:
Our goal at MUSC Health Transplant Center is to provide the patient and family with key information about the pre-transplant evaluation and listing process, transplant surgery, and post-transplant care so the patient can make an informed decision about transplant and successfully participate in their post-transplant care.
The information will be provided before wait list placement and again before transplant surgery. Patients are asked to review and sign a Patient Acknowledgement Form, indicating they have reviewed and understand all of the key information.
To contact the MUSC Health Heart Transplant Program, please call 843-792-9259.