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Evaluation for Heart Transplant

Once you are referred to VCU Pauley Heart Center you will be evaluated with special tests and will meet members of the transplant team to see if you are a good candidate for transplantation and if transplantation is the best option for you. There are numerous tests that must be done on your heart and lungs to help us make the final decision. Blood tests will give us more information about you and your illness. When the evaluation testing is complete, it will be reviewed and additional tests will be performed if necessary.

Our nurse practitioners and coordinators will examine you and teach you more about heart transplantation and your responsibilities with a new heart. Our heart doctors and heart surgeons will examine you and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.

Once all the tests are done the transplant team meets to determine if a new heart is the best option for you. We will call you to let you know the final decision.