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  1. Freeman, Regi MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
  2. Koerner, Erika BSN, RN, CSC
  3. Clark, Courtney MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CCRN, CSC, CMC
  4. Halabicky, Kathy MSN, RN, ACNP-BC


Heart failure impacts a multitude of individuals each year. Treatment is based on the progression of the disease and severity of symptoms. Cardiac transplant is the gold standard treatment of advanced heart failure, although the availability of organs limits the number of transplants received each year. Postoperative care and monitoring for cardiac transplant is complex and requires specialized nurses and providers at transplant centers for successful outcomes. This article outlines cardiac transplant from preoperative care through transplant, as well as posttransplant monitoring and care including discharge. Special attention is focused on management in the intensive care unit setting and potential complications that can occur in the immediate postoperative period. Interventions for potential complications are also highlighted.