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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Heart Transplants
It depends.: It depends on what you are comparing with heart transplantation, and comes down to a choice you make with your loved ones and medical team. The obvious advantage is you get a heart that works better. Diasadvantages include the uncertainty of timing, the risk of surgery, and immunosuppression. Consultation with your doctor or a specialist might give you a more complete, personalized answer.See 1 more doctor answer
In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more
Yes: A heart valve replacement does not require a new heart from a deceased individual, and does not create the need for lifelong immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection of the heart.See 1 more doctor answer
It's complicated: It's hard to answer this in a short way, but, once a heart is harvested (removed from a donor who is certified brain dead or similar), is is then prepared for a transplant into a recipient. The recipient is put on a heart/lung bypass machine and their own heart is removed at the level of the major blood vessels (in most cases) and then sewn into the recipients blood vessels. There's more too...See 1 more doctor answer
Vary carefully: Organs are generally transported by specialized medical personnel under cooled conditions. Quick delivery is essential to limit necrosis (cell death).
Immunosuppression: Heart transplant surgery is actually relatively straightforward. The key to survival is the post-operative care, especially immunosuppression to make sure the heart is not rejected and monitoring for complications of immunosuppression to prevent exotic infections. The other key factor in heart transplant survival is how the other organ systems are doing (especially kidney and lung function).See 1 more doctor answer
Not today: Using animal organs for transplant, xenotransplantation, is a future consideration once the rejection barrier is better understood and controlled. There is ongoing work using porcine organs placed into primates, since they are close to human in tissue structure. An intriguing possibility is genetically engineering donor animals so that they will be less prone to trigger human immune responses.See 1 more doctor answer
NICE: Consult the nice website. It is the british national health system committee that rations healthcare in great britain.See 1 more doctor answer
Need a good reason: Major surgery with serious risks. Organs are in limited supply & you're trading 1 disease for another since post-tx care requires lots of meds & close follow-up to watch for organ rejection, infection or other problems. So we don't do it without a very good reason. Stats are improving--10 yr survival now ~50% & typically provides huge quality of life improvement. Good option if no other options.See 1 more doctor answer
Heart transplant: Please refer to the folloing article on 25 history/summary: http://www. Benthamscience. Com/open/totransj/articles/v002/13totransj. Pdf.
How long is it supposed to it generally take for hearts to become available for heart transplants?
Transplant: Patients often wait a long time to get a heart. People have to die to donate and they generally aren't in any hurry to do so.
I am not an expert: But most people make it through the surgey if properly selected. This is a discussion you must have with yruo transplant surgeon.
Not documented: This is a very difficult question to develop a believable, authoritative response that you will believe. The simple answer is no. However, emotions are not that easy to measure or track. Plus, the newly transplanted recipient has many reasons to have altered emotions because of the major experiences that happen. Overall, the transplantation of emotions with the donor's heart is not documented.
Transplants: This is in the realm of what's called medical ethics; "what should we do? " that said this is probably one of the most honorable and ethical systems in place. As far as I know. People get the organs that they deserve given their place on the list. This is to my knowledge, there have been exceptions such as mickey mantle who got a liver transplant and that was very controversial.
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