COVID-19 Guidance for Heart Transplant Recipients or Patients Awaiting Heart Transplantation
Information regarding the new coronovirus infection COVID-19 is changing rapidly. To keep our patients and their families updated with the most recent information, we are posting the link to the American Society of Transplantation (AST) frequently asked questions page, which members of our team have been involved in developing.
This document will be updated with new information as it becomes available. Please contact the heart transplant team on 617-636-8300 for any specific questions or concerns about your health.
A renewed lease on life
At the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, more patients leave our center every year with new hearts and a renewed lease on life than any other program in New England. Within our CardioVascular Center, you will find some of the top cardiology specialists in the nation in the areas of heart failure, cardiac transplant and mechanical cardiac circulatory support.
We performed our first heart transplant in 1985, more than 30 years ago. In 2016, we performed 56 heart transplants--more transplants than we have ever done in a single year. This placed us as one of the top 10 programs in the country for heart transplant volume and broke the previous New England record for heart transplants performed in one year (which stood at 37 procedures since 1991).
Today we continue to be a robust program and pride ourselves on providing individualized patient-centered care. Our team is also recognized as a leader in the implantation of ventricular assist devices (VADs).
Leadership in research and education leads to outstanding care
Our researchers are continually investigating novel approaches to treating patients with the entire range of cardiac problems, from asymptomatic cardiac dysfunction to end-stage heart failure. In fact, our doctors helped develop the national guidelines for the care of heart failure patients. And we continually offer clinical research trials to explore new treatments and procedures.
Members of our teaching faculty were instrumental in officially launching the field of Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology. Our program was accredited in 2012 as a training program in this new and highly specialized field.
Working closely with your hometown doctor
We collaborate with a network of cardiovascular specialists throughout New England and upstate New York. Additionally, we prioritize working closely with your own primary care doctor and cardiologist to chart the best diagnostic and treatment strategy for your long-term health, helping you receive exceptional and continuous care close to your home.