Heart transplantation continues to be the gold standard for selected individuals suffering from severe heart failure. However, due to the shortage of donor organs and the significant engineering advances in the field of mini-portable circulatory assist devices, known as LVADs, the actual number of heart transplants done in the United States slowly continues to decline.

The skilled cardiologists at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital can diagnose and treat most heart conditions on site. Patients who need heart transplant surgery will be referred to MedStar Heart Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, part of our MedStar family of providers, as appropriate.