Chapter 68. Cardiac Transplantation: Indications and Postoperative Management

  1. Salim Yusuf DPhil, FRCPC, FRSC Research Chair Professor of Medicine Director Vice President Research3,4,5,
  2. John A Cairns MD, FRCPC Professor of Medicine Former Dean6,
  3. A John Camm MD British Heart Foundation Professor Head of Cardiac7,
  4. Ernest L Fallen MD, FRCPC Professor Emeritus8 and
  5. Bernard J Gersh MB, ChB, DPhil Consultant Professor of Medicine9
  1. Barry Boilson MD, MRCPI Fellow1 and
  2. Sudhir Kushwaha MD Associate Professor2

Published Online: 21 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444309768.ch68

Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition

Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition

How to Cite

Boilson, B. and Kushwaha, S. (2009) Cardiac Transplantation: Indications and Postoperative Management, in Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition (eds S. Yusuf, J. A. Cairns, A. J. Camm, E. L. Fallen and B. J. Gersh), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444309768.ch68

Editor Information

  1. 3

    McMaster University, Canada

  2. 4

    Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences, Canada

  3. 5

    Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  4. 6

    Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  5. 7

    St George's University of London, London, UK

  6. 8

    McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  7. 9

    Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Cardiac Transplantation Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

  2. 2

    Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159258

Online ISBN: 9781444309768



  • cardiac transplantation - postoperative management;
  • first human cardiac transplantation - performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard, 1967;
  • cardiac transplantation - recipient and donor selection;
  • cardiac transplantation - early and late complications;
  • LVADs - left venticular assist devices;
  • LVAD s and long-term cardiac replacement therapy;
  • ISHLT - International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation;
  • antithymocyte globulin - cardiac transplantation immunosuppression


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical perspective

  • Outcomes

  • Recipient selection

  • Donor selection

  • Operative details

  • Postoperative course

  • Complications

  • LVADs as long-term cardiac replacement therapy

  • Conclusion

  • References