Newswise — PHOENIX – The Mayo Clinic heart transplant program in Arizona has been recognized as one of the top transplant programs in the U.S. based on quality and patient outcomes. The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, a national medical database that evaluates solid organ transplantation in the U.S., has reported that the Mayo program has achieved the top long-term outcomes in the country.

Mayo Clinic's heart transplant physicians and surgeons use proven innovations to successfully treat people with congestive heart failure and other life-threatening heart conditions. Their experience in using advanced technology, specialized procedures and an integrated approach focused on the patient makes Mayo Clinic a leader in transplant outcomes.

"We are fortunate to have achieved these outcomes, and we are truly honored to care for our patients," says  Eric Steidley, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Health Transplant Program. "This is a team-based approach that leverages not only the best of the transplant program, but also the expertise of the entire Mayo Clinic as we work toward excellence every day for every patient."

The outcomes reported in the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients database are the gold standard by which transplant programs are measured.

Among the reported highlights are:

  • Mayo Clinic in Arizona was recognized for superior three-year patient and three-year graft survival. Graft survival is a term that describes success of the transplanted organ.
  • Mayo Clinic in Arizona performed at 10 percentage points higher than the national average for patient survival, including significantly lower rates of patient mortality after becoming listed as a patient awaiting transplant. This reflects care of acutely ill patients in advance of transplantation.
  • Mayo Clinic in Arizona earned excellent one- and three-year patient survival rates following transplant.
  • Patients at Mayo Clinic in Arizona had on average shorter post-transplant hospital stays following transplant than patients in other parts of the country. The median length of stay after heart transplant surgery was 11 days at Mayo Clinic in Arizona versus 16 days in the region and 17 days nationally.

Mayo Clinic's heart transplant team is recognized nationally for its expertise in comprehensive treatment for people with serious heart disease. Mayo Clinic transplant center has one of the largest and most experienced practices in the U.S. Doctors trained in all types of transplantation have experience treating people with complex conditions who may need multiorgan transplants, including heart-lung, heart-liver, heart-kidney and heart-lung-liver transplants.

More than 450 heart transplants and 312 ventricular assist device patients have been performed at Mayo Clinic in Arizona since the program began in 2005. Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona is also a top transplant provider in the country based on the number of transplant procedures performed annually.

About the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients

The Scientific Registry of Transplant measures how transplant patients are thriving after a solid organ transplant. The organization provides numerous metrics for consumers so they can make decisions about which transplant program in the U.S. will meet their needs.

Approximately 114,000 people in the U.S. are on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Nearly 37,000 transplants were performed in the U.S. in 2018.


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