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Doctor insights on: Advantages And Disadvantages Of Heart Transplants

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of heart transplant?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of heart transplant?

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.

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Transplant (Definition)

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


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What are the advantages of a heart transplant?

What are the advantages of a heart transplant?

Living: Most patients are not transplanted unless they fail all traditional therapeutic options. They have little hope of any long term survival. Left ventricular assist devices are being used as a bridge but without a transplant pts have a very poor long term outlook.

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What are some advantages of a heart transplant?

What are some advantages of a heart transplant?

Quality of life: The quality of life after a heart transplant is better than before; with a heart able to pump out an appropriate amount of blood, energy level increases, tolerance of activity increases, overall physical condition improves.

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Are there advantages to a heart valve replacement over a heart transplant?

Are there advantages to a heart valve replacement over a heart transplant?

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.

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Are heart transplants dangerous?

Are heart transplants dangerous?

Risky: The surgery is not dangerous. The immunosupression is what poses the most risks. The heart can be rejected or vessels occlude which will also compromise heart function.

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How are heart transplants performed?

How are heart transplants performed?

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...

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How have heart transplants changed over time?

Heart transplant: The surgical procedure hasn't changed much. The medical treatment to prevent rejection has improved significantly with new drugs developed.

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How does one transport a heart to be transplanted?

How does one transport a heart to be transplanted?

Vary carefully: Organs are generally transported by specialized medical personnel under cooled conditions. Quick delivery is essential to limit necrosis (cell death).

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What is the latest technology of heart transplants?

What is the latest technology of heart transplants?

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).

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Can you get a pigs heart transplanted into a human?

Can you get a pigs heart transplanted into a human?

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.

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How common are heart transplants throughout the world?

How common are heart transplants throughout the world?

Not very: Annually there are ~ 2000 adult heart transplants performed in the US and another 1000 throughout the rest if the world. Annually it is estimated that 150, 000 patients due worldwide that would be a candidate for a heart transplant.

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How were people who needed heart transplants in the 1900s cured?

How were people who needed heart transplants in the 1900s cured?

Well. ..: There was not much in the way of therapeutic drugs or surgery at that time for end stage heart failure. Even today, compassionate palliative care is an important part of taking care of patients with heart failure.

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How can people who needed heart transplants in the 1900s treated?

Heart transplant: Heart transplantation started in the latter half of the 20th century. If that is your question. See: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/heart_transplantation.

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At what age in the u.K. Are heart transplants no longer considered?

At what age in the u.K. Are heart transplants no longer considered?

NICE: Consult the nice website. It is the british national health system committee that rations healthcare in great britain.

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How dangerous are heart transplants? How successful are they? Any risks?

How dangerous are heart transplants? How successful are they? Any risks?

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.

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Can you please give me a brief summary on how heart transplants changed over time?

Can you please give me a brief summary on how heart transplants changed over time?

Heart transplant: Please refer to the folloing article on 25 history/summary: http://www. Benthamscience. Com/open/totransj/articles/v002/13totransj. Pdf.

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How long is it supposed to it generally take for hearts to become available for heart transplants?

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.

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How many people with heart transplants make it through the surgery?

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.

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Do you inherit the emotions in the new heart after getting a transplant?

Do you inherit the emotions in the new heart after getting a transplant?

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.

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Could you think alcoholics should be allowed to have liver or heart transplants?

Could you think alcoholics should be allowed to have liver or heart transplants?

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.