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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. Stephen Scholand
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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

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Can there be anything in specific that someone should eat after a heart transplant to aid in the recovery?

Can there be anything in specific that someone should eat after a heart transplant to aid in the recovery?

Healthy diet : A healthy diet with fruits, vegetables, lean meats and low fat diary products is best for overall cardiovascular health, including post heart transplant. One caveat is to wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly with plenty of soap and water as you are more susceptible to infections now due to your immunosuppressive medications. ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to get a heart transplant?She is 26 years old and otherwise healthy other than diabetes.

How likely is it for someone to get a heart transplant?She is 26 years old and otherwise healthy other than diabetes.

Likely, however...: Given the chronic shortage of organs, transplant candidates have to be sorted out very carefully. For a 26 year old many efforts would be made to find a match. It would be up to a heart failure cardiologist to do a full evaluation and determine her eligibility. ...Read more

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How can I get a heart transplant?

How can I get a heart transplant?

By your cardiologist: Heart transplantation is a last resort measure -- so you have to have had an extensive evaluation by your cardiologist and he will determine whether you are qualified to be on the list for a heart transplantation. ...Read more

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How can they do heart transplant?

How can they do heart transplant?

Too broad: Your question is too broad to answer meaningfully. Do you have a specific concern? ...Read more

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Why is heart transplant difficult?

Why is heart transplant difficult?

Donor shortage: Heart failure patients are waiting many months for a matching donor heart after being listed as a suitable candidate. ...Read more

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Who did the first heart transplant?

Who did the first heart transplant?

Barnard: The first one in a human was done by dr. Christian barnard in capetown south africa in 1967. ...Read more

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Why do you need a heart transplant?

Why do you need a heart transplant?

Weak heart muscle: If the heart muscle gets very weak for whatever reason, it may not be able to pump the blood adequately. Therefore if the problem is severe enough and does not improve with medication, sometimes they only treatment left is to remove the diseased heart and tranplant a healthy heart. ...Read more

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Can you describe a heart transplant?

Can you describe a heart transplant?

Yes: For people you have the most severely damaged hearts a transplant involves removng the heart and replacing it with a donor heart. Multiple heart attacks , and viral damage to the heart muscle are the most common causes.. The supply of donors, usually from severe head trauma is very limited, limiting the number of transplants that can be performed. It is a procedure of last resort. ...Read more

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When can a heart transplant be done?

Several steps: Whenever there is a donor organ available. The recipient will need careful evaluation to determine they are suitable candidates based on the cause of end stage heart disease, their co-morbidities (other diseases), their blood and tissue type, their size (for a particular donor heart) and there ability to care for the heart after it is transplanted. ...Read more

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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