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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.
Dr. Matthew Cooper
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Heart Transplant: If you need a transplant, and either a heart is not available in a timely fashion, or medication and mechanical circulatory support are not options, you would die.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

When did the first heart transplant occur?

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Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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1967: Christian bernaard in South Africa was the surgeon. The patient died even though the operation was a success. But the real pioneer of heart tx was norman shumway of usa.
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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.

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