Cardiac transplantation: the final therapeutic option for the treatment of heart failure

Curr Opin Cardiol. 2000 May;15(3):178-82. doi: 10.1097/00001573-200005000-00010.


End-stage heart failure is still associated with a decrease in quality and prognosis of life. Cardiac transplantation remains the final extraordinary therapeutic option for the treatment of truly irreversible end-stage heart failure in all age groups. The selection process of candidates and the acceptance of patients with relative contra-indications is characterized by the experience and skills of an interdisciplinary transplant team, which should have access to different mechanical circulatory support systems for short-term or long-term use: bridging to transplant as well as for recovery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Actuarial Analysis
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Decision Making
  • Forecasting
  • Health Care Rationing
  • Heart Failure / psychology
  • Heart Failure / surgery*
  • Heart Transplantation* / adverse effects
  • Heart Transplantation* / methods
  • Heart Transplantation* / mortality
  • Heart Transplantation* / trends
  • Heart-Assist Devices
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology
  • Patient Care Team
  • Patient Selection*
  • Prognosis
  • Quality of Life
  • Survival Analysis
  • Waiting Lists