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I have had heart problems my entire life. should i get a heart transplant? if so, how?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 39 years experience
Only if no option: Transplants are only appropriate if there is no alternative therapy available because of the magnitude of the operation and the lifelong need to take anti-rejection medication. Your cardiologist is the one to help make that judgement with you. But, in general, many people live long lives with heart problems and never need the big step of removal of their old diseased organ to replace it entirely.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

I have had heart problems my entire life. Is heart transplant necessary?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
It depends: It depends on what type of heart problems and how severe they are. Heart transplants are only considered in severe chronic heart failure.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What problems can someone have from heart transplant?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Infection: The medicines used to supress rejection of the new heart can leave pts prone to infection. Once infected pts can quickly become septic.The Prednisone can also cause high sugers and high blood pressure and a cushings like apearance.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I can get a heart transplant?

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Dr. Jeffrey Everett
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Get transplant eval.: Most transplant programs have multidisciplinary teams which include heart failure/transplant cardiology, surgeon, coordinator, and social worker which together evaluate each case for candidacy.

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