Heart Transplant Outcomes

At a Glance

  • First transplant: 4/3/1985
  • Transplants performed in 2017: 16
  • Total number of program transplants through 2017: 511
  • Number of VADs in 2017: 47
  • Received medicare approval: 8/2/1988
  • Median time to transplant< (compared with 8.5 months nationally): 10.5 months
  • Waitlist mortality~ (expected .086, national .109): .11
  • Mechanical devices at time of transplant in 2017#: 81.2%

Heart Outcomes1

< Patients on the waitlist between 01/01/2012 and 06/30/2017
~ Patients on the waitlist between 01/01/2016 and 12/31/2017
* Estimated probability of surviving at one month and one year, for patients receiving their first transplant between 01/01/2015 and 06/30/2017; and at three years, for patients receiving their first transplant between 07/01/2012 and 12/31/2014
^ Adjusted for patient and donor characteristics
+ Estimated probability of surviving with a functioning graft at one month and one year, for patients receiving their first transplant between 01/01/2015 and 06/30/2017; and at three years, for patients receiving their first transplant between 07/01/2012 and 12/31/2014
# Devices include ventricular assist devices (VAD), extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), intraaortic balloon pump (IABP), and total artificial heart (TAH).

Source: Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, Center and OPO-specific Reports, based on data available July 31, 2018, released October 9, 2018

Heart Outcomes2

> For patients receiving LVADs at this institution between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2018. 

Source: Interagency Registry for Machanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) Quality Assurance 2018 Q2 Report


Milestones in Heart Transplantation

Several “firsts” were performed at Henry Ford Hospital:

  • First in Detroit to perform a heart transplant (1985)
  • Among the first in the United States to offer the HeartMate® and HeartMate II® ventricular assist devices as a bridge to heart transplantation
  • First in Michigan to perform an adult heart-liver transplant (2015)
  • First in Detroit to implant a total artificial heart (2017)
  • First in Michigan to perform a heart-liver-kidney transplant (2018)
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