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Can someone serve in the military with a heart transplant?

Can someone serve in the military with a heart transplant?

Strange Question: Suggest you ask a military recruiter and be specific what you mean by "serve in the military.". ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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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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How does someone have a heart transplant?

How does someone have a heart transplant?

Surgical: When there are proper indications of an absolutely failing heart on major medications, and perhaps with an lvad (left ventricular assist device )in place, a person will be considered and "listed". The surgery requires heart lung machine support of the recipient while their heart is removed and the donor heart is sewn in place. ...Read more

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What problems can someone have from heart transplant?

What problems can someone have from heart transplant?

Rejection, CAD: In addition to the already mentioned infection, medications are taken to prevent rejection by your immune system. The transplanted heart is also susceptible to coronary artery disease at an accelerated rate. ...Read more

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What makes someone eligible to get a heart transplant?

What makes someone eligible to get a heart transplant?

End stage heart fail: End stage heart failure, intractable angina or ventricular arthythmias are the most common indications for heart transplant. Eligibility screening includes a thorough evaluation: medical (to rule out contraindications such as active cancer, bad diabetes, etc.), social (good support system, non user of tobacco, heavy alcohol or drugs) and financial (ability to pay for meds afterwards). ...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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What are the criteria used to determine if someone qualifies for a heart transplant?

What are the criteria used to determine if someone qualifies for a heart transplant?

End stage heat dis.: The most essential, indication for heart transplantation is end stage heart disease not remediable by any other methods like medications heart devices etc , in good health, and have reasonable life expectancy. ...Read more

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If someone gets a heart transplant, is it true that they can develop the old heart-owner's characteristics?

If someone gets a heart transplant, is it true that they can develop the old heart-owner's characteristics?

No but:: Certain food allergies have been transferred from donor to recipient (e.g. Peanut allergy). This is thought to be due to cells responsible for the allergic reaction (mast cells) being transplanted as passenger cells along with the transplanted organ. But on the whole, no. ...Read more

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Can alcohol affect the heart in such a way that someone would need a heart transplant?

Can alcohol affect the heart in such a way that someone would need a heart transplant?

Yes: There is something called "alcoholic cardiomyopathy" and it can make the heart so weak, that only a transplant will prolong life. However, hearts are so hard to obtain, a person who hasn't maintained sobriety will not be a candidate for transplantation (Catch-22). ...Read more

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Help please! when someone has a heart transplant can they live with the new heart to an elderly age?

Help please! when someone has a heart transplant can they live with the new heart to an elderly age?

Yes: However, before deciding on a heart transplant (i assume for a very weak heart), that is a very serious surgery, the transplant specialist will offer several other treatments and procedures to improve heart failure. Please, pay attention to what they are offering and follow their advise very closely to improve your chances. ...Read more

Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more


Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Heart Transplant (Definition)

Getting a heart from a donor who passed away from ...Read more