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A 43-year-old member asked:

What kind of likelihood is there of dying during a heart transplant?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Transplant: If someone is sick enough to need a heart transplant, then the mortality is 100% without transplant. The surgery itself carries about 3-10 %ortality which is better than not having the transplant.
Dr. Jesus Yap
Cardiology 54 years experience
Unlikely: Dying during the surgery is very unlikely. Risk of death comes after the surgery usually from blood clots that causes stroke , lung and kidney failure . Bleeding can also be life threathening but often can be controlled.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 47 years experience
Small: Early mortality is 1-2%.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of dying during heart transplant?

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Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 24 years experience
It depends: It depends on how sick the patient is, how good the transplant program/ surgeon is. The national average for one year survival stands at 89%, so 11% of patients will die within the first year. You can check individual hospital data on http://www.Srtr.Org/.

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