Our team sees each patient as part of the UCLA family. When we begin our care, we start a lifelong relationship that also includes family members and caregivers.
Our approach to care means we carefully consider each patient as an individual. We work closely with you before, during and after heart transplant or implantation of a ventricular assist device (VAD) or artificial heart.
With our focus on personalized medicine, we understand how helpful it can be to learn about a condition or potential treatment from someone who has had a similar experience. We also know you want answers to your questions. We offer:
See our heart transplant FAQs.
To learn more about heart transplant waiting lists and the heart transplant match process, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) provides a toll-free patient services line to:
The toll-free number is 888-894-6361.
A life-saving heart transplant or VAD procedure is a major undertaking, with very serious implications. Before patients are listed for a heart transplant, they undergo an evaluation. Steps include:
Learn more about evaluation and the heart transplantation procedure.
Once patients have been accepted as transplant candidates, they are placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing list to await an available donor organ.
After your heart transplant, you will most likely need to stay in the Los Angeles area temporarily - usually three months. Many patients go to cardiac rehabilitation after transplant, though for some this is not necessary.
Learn more about the period after the heart transplantation procedure.
Patients often receive follow-up care and monitoring from our physicians for years to come. Long after your procedure is completed, you will remain a member of the UCLA family.
For our pediatric patients, our specialized transition to adult care program helps ensure a seamless crossover.
We host events for patients every year, as well as an annual holiday party to thank you for being part of our transplant family. Physicians, clinicians, patients and family members attend this joyous event to reconnect and celebrate.