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Conditions Leading to Heart Transplant

At the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, we treat patients with complex heart conditions.

When other treatments for heart disease haven’t worked, we offer a wide range of options including artificial heart devices and heart transplant. Our specialists work with you to determine the best treatment plan to meet your unique health needs.

Conditions Leading to Heart Transplant

Our expert cardiologists treat the full spectrum of heart conditions that may require a heart transplant, including:

  • Heart failure: A serious health condition that occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body. Heart failure is the primary reason patients receive a heart transplant.
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy: A condition where the left ventricle of the heart becomes enlarged and weakened so that it cannot pump blood correctly.
  • Coronary artery disease: A common form of heart disease where fatty deposits have narrowed the arteries that supply blood to the heart. In time, coronary artery disease can weaken the heart muscle. This weakening can cause myocardial infarction (heart attack).
  • Restrictive myopathy: A rare form of cardiomyopathy where the lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles) are unusually rigid and cannot flex normally to fill with blood as the heart pumps.
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: A genetic disease where the heart muscle becomes too thick and affects the way the heart pumps.
  • Valvular heart disease: A condition where the valves are formed abnormally or stop functioning properly.
  • Congenital heart disease: A condition where a person’s heart never functions normally from birth. Many people with congenital heart disease now survive well into adulthood. We are here to treat you throughout the course of your adult life.

Learn more about the heart transplant process.

Contact Us

For more information about the heart transplant program at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center, call 888.996.4507.