A 37-year-old member asked:
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does the new heart mend to the old parts during heart transplant?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Somewhat: The removal includes atria and ventricles and leaves some atrial, aortic, pulmonary artery to match and sew to the new donor heart.
Answered on Apr 18, 2013
Dr. Stuart Flechner
45 years experience Urology
To a degree: Interesting question. The various body parts and organs are dependent on the blood flow or cardiac output from the heart. Depending upon the degree they were compromised with the old/damaged heart, they will be rejuvenated by the new heart. Most of the old heart is removed, so that there is little to 'mend.'.
Answered on Sep 8, 2013

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