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A 23-year-old member asked:

Why do you need a heart transplant?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Weak heart muscle: If the heart muscle gets very weak for whatever reason, it may not be able to pump the blood adequately. Therefore if the problem is severe enough and does not improve with medication, sometimes they only treatment left is to remove the diseased heart and tranplant a healthy heart.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Heart failure: When there are proper indications of an absolutely failing heart on major medications, and perhaps with an lvad (left ventricular assist device )in place, a person will be considered and "listed". The surgery requires heart lung machine support of the recipient while their heart is removed and the donor heart is sewn in place.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What occurs if you needed a heart transplant and you didn't have access to it?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Terminal illness: Possible lvad to temporize in specific situations in usa outside usa and developed countries the natural history is followed to heart failure, organ failure and death.
A 32-year-old member asked:

For what kind of disease would you need a heart transplant?

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Dr. Juan Sanabria
Transplant Surgery 36 years experience
Heart failure: The common background of any need for organ transplantion is the recipient organ fialure. For heart tranplant, the indicationis as well is heart fialure non responsive to medical management. Many diseases may damage the heart with death of the functional muscle cells. The most common of those diseases is ischemia, i.e. Coronary artery disease.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How are people who need a heart transplant selected?

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Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
With Great Care: Transplant candidates are chosen based on: severity of heart failure, available treatment options remaining, their "support network" of family and friends, their overall physical health aside from the heart, avoidance of bad habits (smoking, drugs), lack of cancer, and unfortunately, insurance - a transplant costs ~$300, 000 just to get the heart, then $100k/yr in drugs.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What kind of donor would you need for a heart transplant?

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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Heart transplant: Its always a cadaver. There are certain hla typing that needs to be matched.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can they do heart transplant?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Too broad: Your question is too broad to answer meaningfully. Do you have a specific concern?

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