The first heart transplant was performed in 1967. Heart transplant surgery and other transplant procedures have come a long way since then. Westchester Medical Center's Cardiology Team offers the latest medical interventions available for heart failure patients.
The Heart Transplant Program at Westchester Medical Center is on the cutting edge of many 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.
Our specialists at Westchester Medical Center also treats heart failure patients with implantable, artificial devices.
Heart transplantation is not a cure for heart disease. It is a surgical treatment that is reserved only for patients with the most advanced stage of heart disease 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. Approximately 500,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Some of the most common reasons or causes of heart disease are: Ischemia, Diabetes, Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure, Alcohol, Myocarditis, and Idiopathic.
To learn more about treatments for diseases and conditions of the heart, visit our Heart Center.