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A successful heart transplant depends on proper evaluation of the heart recipient, expertise in heart transplantation surgery and on-going monitoring after surgery to prevent organ rejection or infections.
At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, both transplant rates and patient survival rates are closely monitored. These data are reported to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. The data appears in the January 2014 report which was released March 20, 2014.
The table below describes factors related to heart transplant rates at Cedars-Sinai, including the time that all heart transplant candidates at Cedars-Sinai spend on the wait list, how many donor hearts become available at Cedars-Sinai and how Cedars-Sinai's heart transplant rates compared to those of other heart transplant centers throughout the nation.
|Cedars-Sinai Heart Transplant Rates||July 2011 -|
|July 2012 -|
|Person years *||54.8||71.9|
|Removals for transplant||98||89|
|Transplant rate (per year on wait list)||1.79||1.24|
|Expected transplant rate **||0.58||0.50|
|How do the rates at this center compare to those in the nation?||Statistically higher||Statistically higher|
* Person years are calculated as days converted to fractional years. The number of days is counted from the start of the observation period or from the date of the first waiting listing until death, transplant, removal from the waiting list or the end of the observation period.
** The expected transplant rate is adjusted for age, blood type, medical urgency, previous transplantation and time on the waiting list.
Survival Rates for Heart Transplant Patients at Cedars-Sinai
At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, one-month, one-year and three-year survival rates are tracked for transplant patients.
The table below compares key outcome measurements for heart transplants done at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Both the numbers and percentages of heart transplant patients surviving one month, one year and three years are highlighted. In addition, survival rates for heart transplant patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are also compared to survival rates expected for heart transplant patients with similar ages and health conditions.
The one-month and one-year survival rates reflect patients receiving their first transplant between 7/1/2010 and 12/31/2012. The three-year survival rate reflects patients receiving their first transplant between 1/1/2008 - 6/30/2010.
|Heart Transplant * (Adults Age 18+)||Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|
|Patient Survival for:||1 Month||1 Year||3 Years|
|For transplants performed||July 2010 - Dec 2012||July 2010 - Dec 2012||Jan 2008 - June 2010|
|Number of transplants||194||194||76|
|Percent of patients surviving at the end of period observed**||96.39%||89.63%||84.21%|
|Expected, based on national experience***||96.51%||91.82%||83.25%|
|Cedars-Sinai's survival rates compared to what is expected for similar patients||Not significantly different||Not significantly different||Not significantly different|