- Psychological and social evaluation: Psychological and social issues involved in organ transplantation, such as stress, financial issues, and support by family and/or significant others are assessed. These issues can significantly impact the outcome of a transplant.
- Blood tests: Blood tests are performed to help determine a good donor match and to help improve the chances that the donor organ will not be rejected.
- Diagnostic tests: Diagnostic tests may be performed to assess your lungs as well as your overall health status. These tests may include x-rays, ultrasound procedures, computed tomography (CT scan), pulmonary function tests, and dental examinations. Women may receive a Pap test, gynecology evaluation, and a mammogram.
- Other preparations: Several immunizations will be given to decrease the chances of developing infections that can affect the transplanted heart.
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Brigham and Women's Hospital answeredA heart transplant is a surgical procedure performed to remove the diseased heart from a patient and replace it with a healthy one from an organ donor. Because of the wide range of information necessary to determine eligibility for transplant, the evaluation process is carried out by a transplant team. The team includes a transplant surgeon, a transplant cardiologist (physician specializing in the treatment of the heart), one or more transplant nurses, a social worker, and a psychiatrist or psychologist. Additional team members may include a dietician, a chaplain, and/or an anesthesiologist. Components of the evaluation process include, but are not limited to, the following: