Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Cardiac transplantation is now widely accepted as effective treatment for selected patients with end-stage heart disease. Improvements in immunosuppressive treatment and monitoring in the past 15 years have resulted in impressive one-year and five-year survival rates of 80% and 60%. In general, survivors have enjoyed a considerably improved quality of life. A cardiac transplantation program was initiated at Henry Ford Hospital in 1985, and a total of 15 patients received heart transplants in the first 12 months. Fourteen patients are currently alive and well at various stages posttransplant. This early clinical success has prompted the consideration of both combined heart-lung transplantation and mechanical left ventricular support at Henry Ford Hospital in the future.