The Heart Transplant Program at Westchester Heart & Vascular is one of the leading national and international research programs, giving patients access to congestive heart failure treatments, medications and heart transplant procedures years before they are available to the general public.
Westchester Medical Center's transplant program is one of only 4 of its kind in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Our specialists at Westchester Medical Center also treat heart failure patients with implantable, artificial devices.
Heart transplantation is a surgical treatment reserved only for patients with the most advanced stage of heart disease; patients who can no longer be managed effectively with maximal medical therapy. Cardiomyopathy, or disease of the heart muscle, affects more than four million people in the United States. Some of the most common reasons or causes of heart disease are: Ischemia, Diabetes, Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure, Alcohol, Myocarditis, and Idiopathic--and approximately 500,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
Each Heart Transplant Surgeon at Westchester Medical Center is committed to providing the best medical care possible. During your evaluation for a heart transplant, you will meet many of the healthcare professionals on this team.
- Heart transplant surgeons
Doctors who perform transplant operations of the heart. The transplant surgeon will answer any questions or concerns you may have during your evaluation. Your surgeon will also discuss your disease and the options that may be available to you, including transplantation.
- Transplant cardiologists
Doctors who manage patients diagnosed with heart failure before and after transplant, skilled in the management of immunosuppressant drugs and their complications.
- Transplant coordinators
Registered nurses who coordinate your care. They are responsible for maintaining close contact with you and your family physician. Coordinators can answer questions about your medical care.
- Transplant clerks
Schedule your tests and procedures.
- Social workers
Assist patients and families with financial information and emotional support, and available to help you when you are a patient at the hospital as well as in outpatient areas.
Doctors who give you medication to keep you unconscious, and monitor your vital signs (heartbeat, blood pressure and breathing) during a surgical or other invasive procedure.
Work with patients and families on assessing their ability to cope before and after transplantation.
Make an appointment at one of our Westchester Heart & Vascular locations. For physician information or to find a physician, call (866) WMC-HEART (866-962-4327).