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Heart Transplantation

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A heart transplant removes a damaged or diseased heart and replaces it with a healthy one. The healthy heart comes from a donor who has died. It is the last resort for people with heart failure when all other treatments have failed. Heart transplants are now the third most common organ transplant operation in the U.S.

Doctors may recommend a heart transplant for heart failure caused by

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The primary NIH organization for research on Heart Transplantation is the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute -

Date last updated: October 15 2008
Topic last reviewed: May 04 2008