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What is the average life expectancy for heart transplant in children?

What is the average life expectancy for heart transplant in children?

Unknown: Many children who had heart transplants are entering their second decade of life. Especially those who were infants during their initial transplant. Data is insufficient to discuss long term prognosis. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 is the average life expectancy for heart transplant patients?

What is the average life expectancy for heart transplant patients?

Improves every yr: With improved technology and medicines the survival rates for the post transplant patient continues to improve. The typical patient has a 85 to 90% survival for the first yr depending on the center. A 10 yr survival is 50 to 60% typically. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy for heart-transplant patients who are 3 year old children?

What is the average life expectancy for heart-transplant patients who are 3 year old children?

Average - teen years: Overall the survival rate of heart transplants in children is nearly 90 percent after one year and is approaching 70 percent after ten years.
Survival of more than 20 years has been reported. A number of children require an additional transplant procedure, usually because of graft vasculopathy. ...Read more

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What would the life expectancy in a heart transplant patient be?

Data: 1 year : 88.0% (males), 86.2% (females)
3 years: 79.3% (males), 77.2% (females)
5 years: 73.2% (males), 69.0% (females). ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how long is the average wait for a heart transplant?

I'm curious as to how long is the average wait for a heart transplant?

Transplant wait: The wait is variable depending on your acuity (how sick you are), blood type, body size, your position on the waiting list, and to some extent, where you live. The wait can be days to years but is usually measured at least in several months. The scarcity of donor hearts is one reason alternative strategies such as permanent mechanical devices have great potential. ...Read more

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Will having a heart transplant improve my quality of life?

Will having a heart transplant improve my quality of life?

Likely: If you have had the assessment as a candidate, then you have a serious situation and will have maximum treatment while on the list waiting.
Lvads are also improving and serving many people. ...Read more

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I wonder if my mom would qualify for a heart transplant. She has copd, chf, a diabetic and fluid on the lungs. Just thinking of ways to save her life.?

I wonder if my mom would qualify for a heart transplant. She has copd, chf, a diabetic and fluid on the lungs. Just thinking of ways to save her life.?

Unlikely: As you have described your mother it is unlikely she could tolerate the rigors of a heart transplant. Each institution has guidelines for appropriate candidates for transplantation to maximize the success of such a scarce resource. You could check this through their websites. ...Read more

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How do I know if I can get a heart transplant?

How do I know if I can get a heart transplant?

Need an evaluation: You need to be evaluated and approved by a heart transplant center. Ask your cardiologist to refer you to a local center if you were told you have severe heart failure. ...Read more

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How long does a heart transplant take to perform?

How long does a heart transplant take to perform?

Depends...: If this the first cardiac surgery perhaps 4 hours. If previous surgery, lvad, etc. It can take hours longer. ...Read more

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Who many people have had a heart transplant in the united states?

2, 333 in 2010: You can check the public united network for organ sharing website at http://optn.Transplant.Hrsa. Gov/. ...Read more

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Why does a high svr signify a negative candidate for heart transplant?

Why does a high svr signify a negative candidate for heart transplant?

Poor response: Elevated svr is peripheral, resistance makes heart work harder and implies peripheral disease. ...Read more

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Are there some good websites for someone soon to get a heart transplant?

Check with UNOS: In the United States go to http://optn.Transplant.Hrsa. Gov/members/search. Asp

look for the closest centers to your location and call them for the information you seek. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a heart transplant recipient still the same person at heart?

I was wondering is a heart transplant recipient still the same person at heart?

Great Question!: I would say that to have gone through such an experience, a heart transplant recipient is more than the person they were! It's like layers - they have added something to themselves and this new heart enhances their energy and spirit, and the experience may invigorate their life's passions!! ...Read more

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Is there an age limit for heart transplant?

Is there an age limit for heart transplant?

Yes and no: Criteria for transplantation, including age, vary by transplant center. Most centers don't have an absolute age cutoff, but instead consider a patient's "physiologic' age. Having said that, transplants are relatively uncommon in those over 65, due to multiple co-morbidities (other illnesses), increased risk of bad outcomes after transplant in older patients, and limited supply of donor hearts. ...Read more

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What happens in a heart transplant to the donor?

What happens in a heart transplant to the donor?

Most are buried: Heart transplants are done using hearts from patient that have become brain dead. After organ removal the bodies may or may not require an autopsy; this is up to the local medical examiner. Later they are buried or cremated depending on the wishes of the family. ...Read more

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What are the risks of getting a heart transplant?

What are the risks of getting a heart transplant?

Various types: A heart transplant procedure has technical risks, just like any operation. Will the new heart fit? Start working? Will there be bleeding? After the operation, there are risks of infection, problems with the immunosuppressive medications, etc. Don't let these risks overly frighten you. The excellent statistics you are told about include all of these problems taking place, which is not too often. ...Read more

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How dangerous of a surgery is a heart transplant?

How dangerous of a surgery is a heart transplant?

Better than altern.: Heart transplant recipients can now days expect nearly a 90% 1 yr survival and 75% at 5 years. This therapy is for patients with end stage heart failure who otherwise have a poor quality of life and limited prognosis without transplant or lvad. ...Read more

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Can situs inversus interfere with a heart transplant?

No: If mheart transplant is indicated or being pursued the surgeons will take appropriate measures. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having a human heart transplant?

Surgical, medical: The operative risk of the procedure, then the long term risk of infection and rejection. ...Read more

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Which medical equipment is used for a heart transplant?

Which medical equipment is used for a heart transplant?

Heart Transplant: Your question is not clear. Please reframe. Wide variety of medical equipment is used during transplant surgery. It is difficult to explain here in the limited context. ...Read more

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What kind of donor would you need for a heart transplant?

Healthy donor: The donor would need to meet brain death criteria, and have a normal functioning heart. Certain systemic diseases would need to be excluded such as severe hypertension and atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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Who are the decision makers in getting a heart transplant?

Who are the decision makers in getting a heart transplant?

Teams at Each Center: Certain hospitals in the US are licensed by the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide transplantation services. Each hospital must provide a team of professionals trained and experienced to decide on the risks and benefits of transplant. These teams are required to include surgeons, physicians, social workers, nutritionists, etc. ...Read more

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How long does a heart transplant operation typically take?

3-5 hours: It depends
the actual removal of the recipient heart is usually quick.
The sewing of the donor heart is usually quick.
A lot of the time is opening (particularly if a reoperation) and then closing up if bleeding issues etc. ...Read more

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What is the machine's name that is used in heart transplant?

What is the machine's name that is used in heart transplant?

Heart lung machine: The heart lung machine, also known as pump oxygenator, receives blood returning to the heart, adds oxygen to it, and then pumps the blood into the patient's aorta. The lungs and heart are bypassed. There is also a machine called an organ care system which keeps the donor heart beating until it is transplanted. That machine was first used in 2006. Otherwise the heart is cooled before transplant. ...Read more

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How can an underprivileged teenager get a heart transplant?

It depends: I don't know what you mean by underprivileged, nor where he/she lives, nor if a transplant is needed. In the us, patient needs to be evaluated for heart failure locally. Hospital social workers can check for available insurance options, or if fund raising is needed. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the chances of surviving a heart transplant?

Doctors, what are the chances of surviving a heart transplant?

Pretty good.: Survival after heart transplant is about 90 percent at one year and 50 percent at 10 years. ...Read more

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