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

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Dr. Howard Rubin
46 years experience Cardiology
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.
Answered on Mar 13, 2014
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Dr. Jesus Yap
Dr. Jesus Yap answered
52 years experience Cardiology
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.
Answered on Sep 19, 2013
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Dr. Stuart Flechner
45 years experience Urology
Small: Early mortality is 1-2%.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012

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