Toronto General Hospital |
Maps & DirectionsEaton Building - 2nd Floor, in the
Cardiovascular Investigations Unit (CVIU) Clinic Directions
Toronto Western Hospital |
Maps & DirectionsFell Pavilion - 3rd Floor, in the
Cardiovascular Investigations Unit (CVIU)
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A cardiac biopsy post heart transplantation is a procedure done on patients who have had a heart transplant. It is the only reliable means of diagnosing rejection. It is performed on a regular schedule or when your team suspects you may have rejection.
Your doctor uses a small tube that's inserted into the vein in your neck or occasionally the groin. Under fluoroscopy (a special x-ray), a biopsy instrument is guided through the tube in your neck into the right ventricle in your heart where 4 to 5 pieces of tissue are taken.
Toronto General HospitalBiopsies are done on Thursday mornings.
Toronto Western HospitalBiopsies are done on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.
As a heart transplant recipient you will have access to the transplant office via a communication system called Easy Call. You will be provided further information regarding accessing Easy Call once you have received your transplant.
If you have a concern or problem or need to reschedule an appointment please contact the transplant office through Easy Call.
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