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Who needs heart and lung transplants?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Heart/Lung Fail: Those who meet the criteria for heart and lung transplants. Cardiopulmonary failure, cardiac or pulmonary failure.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, are you against heart and lung transplants?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Certainly not: But it's a very big undertaking, requires life long immunosuppressive treatment, and donors are scarce so it will never be a treatment that is used in large numbers.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Are you against poor people getting heart and lung transplants?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
No: Most of the people we transplant require some assistance with their very expensive post-transplant medications and surveillance.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Are you against heart and lung transplants for sick CF people?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 30 years experience
Heart/lung transplan: Actually no, but it is important to realize that they do come with some issues. The transplant may get rid of the CF issues in those areas, but the individual still has CF and that will affect other organs. Also, the medicines for immune suppression necessary after a transplant have their own risks, such as an increased risk of infection.

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