Heart Transplant Qualifications

To qualify for a heart transplant, patients must meet certain criteria to be added to the heart transplant waitlist. Banner Health's heart transplant team will work closely with you to discuss your eligibility. We'll ensure you know all of your options and are empowered and informed throughout your heart transplant journey.

Who is Qualified for a Heart Transplant?

To qualify for a heart transplant, the patient typically must be:

  • Diagnosed with advanced heart failure
  • Relatively healthy, besides their heart
  • Have no history of substance abuse
  • Meet BMI and age requirements

Factors that may influence eligibility include:

  • The patient's ability to support a new heart
  • Support from family or loved ones to help provide care

Age

Heart transplants can be performed on a patient at any age, from newborns into adulthood. Banner Health offers our pediatric cardiology services for those under age 18. Additional factors may also be considered for patients over age 70. Talk to your doctor to learn more about age eligibility.

Heart Condition

To qualify for a heart transplant, patients must be diagnosed with end-stage heart failure. Patients will also receive a heart evaluation. If approved, patients will be added to the heart transplant waiting list until a donor heart becomes available.

For those who do not qualify for a heart transplant, an artificial heart transplant may be an option. The team at Banner will work with you to explore all options, including device implantation.

Overall Health

Patients who qualify for a heart transplant must be healthy, besides their heart. Candidates must also refrain from drinking or smoking tobacco. Additionally, patients who are candidates for a heart transplant must be able to commit to the transplant process from surgery through recovery and into life.

Talk to your heart doctor to learn more about heart transplant criteria and your options. The Banner Health heart team will work closely with you to ensure you receive the best heart treatment options for your individual needs.