A member asked:

My mom(56) had 2 attacks in 2 yrs.then she died due to cardiomegaly&lungs with fluid&shortness breath. was heart transplant possible? we r dipressed.

4 doctors weighed in across 3 answers

Heart transplant: So sorry to hear about your mother! it is possible she had heart failure that could have been helped by transplant. Perhaps her doctors felt she was too ill or had too many other issues to undergo such a massive procedure. Usually medications are the first step followed by assist devices as a potential bridge to transplant. Hard to know where she fit on that path. Sorry she didn't do well.

Answered 7/16/2013


Dr. Craig Carter answered

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery

Possibly: The evaluation for a heart transplant requires multiple factors to be reviewed and for the potential candidate to be capable of of both the transplantation and the long- term follow-up. Unfortunately, not all people are candidates for a variety of reasons.

Answered 10/21/2013



Sorry for your loss.: Candidacy for heart transplantation is affected by medical and psychosocial factors. There is an extensive evaluation prior to being listed. Can't answer your question directly without more information. A continuing problem with transplantation is the limited availability of appropriate organs.

Answered 4/8/2016



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