Registering to become a heart donor could mean saving the life of someone with heart disease in the future. Heart donation is a gift of life to those for whom standard treatments are no longer working.
Why not register as an organ donor today? The register is a permanent record of your wish to be a donor and can be updated at any time.
Can I be a heart donor?
There are never enough donor hearts for all the people waiting for a heart transplant. We encourage everyone to be a donor for the following reasons:
- Your heart’s health will be assessed before it is retrieved for transplantation
- All the major religious faiths support heart donation
- There are very few health-related restrictions and most people can donate.
Why do people need a heart donation?
When the heart fails, it tends to be because of diseases that cause weakening of the heart muscle or blockages of the blood vessels leading to the heart. Birth defects may also cause problems with the working of the heart.
Cardiomyopathy and coronary heart disease are the two major reasons for heart transplantation. In both cases, if a life becomes seriously at risk, a heart transplant may be the only option.
How to become a heart donor
Tell your friends and family that you want to be a heart donor – it is very important that they understand and support your organ donation decision because your family’s support is needed for donation to go ahead. Dealing with the death of a loved one is a difficult time to make an important decision quickly.
Sign up to the Organ Donor Register online. The NHS Organ Donor Register is a secure database that records people’s decision around whether or not they want to be an organ and tissue donor when they die.
Call us on 0300 123 23 23.