Survival curve for heart transplantation program
A heart transplant involves surgically removing one person’s malfunctioning heart and replacing it with a heart from a deceased organ donor. The survival curve for the heart transplantation program looks at the probability (chance) of survival for a certain amount of time after receiving a heart transplantation based on the program’s previous patients’ outcomes.
While some heart transplant patients have a higher risk of dying than others, some complications contributing to patient death may be avoidable. Excellent survival rates after heart transplantation may indicate that the hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
There are several methods typically used to track survival data. One looks at survival during a specific period of time (see Heart transplant - patient survival at one year after transplant), and one looks at survival over the lifetime of the program (see chart below).
About this measure
This measure shows the survival of patients receiving a heart transplant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital across time, from the day the heart transplant operation occurred to 5 years after receiving the heart transplant.
Time period: June 2005 through December 2011.
Source: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Kaplan-Meier heart transplant