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Doctor insights on: Can You Be Denied A Heart Transplant Operation Because You Are Obese

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Can you be denied a heart transplant operation because you are obese?

Can you be denied a heart transplant operation because you are obese?

Yes: There are many studies showing a poor outcome in obese patients after heart transplant. Due to these data and donor organ shortage, most us transplant programs will have as an exclusion criteria a body mass index more than 35 or 40 kg/m2. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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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Can you be denied an organ transplant if you are a smoker?

Can you be denied an organ transplant if you are a smoker?

Not exactly: Eligibility for transplant differs in countries, but in the us smoking could be one reason to be denied, but decisions are based on lots of different factors. Surgery makes healing more difficult, increases chances of bad reactions to drugs, and itself causes organ damage. Heart and/or lung transplants usually require an effort to stop smoking, which every smoker should seriously consider anyway. ...Read more

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Overweight and refusing to exercise could they be denied a heart transplant?

Overweight and refusing to exercise could they be denied a heart transplant?

You have to try: With such a shortage of organs and so many people who are in need of new hearts, transplant teams have to be very selective. It would not make sense to accept any patient who won't try to help himself(herself) to be as healthy as possible. This responsibility is specifically assigned to transplant teams. Please try. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a super morbidly obese person lost the weight, would they still have complications?

Can you tell me if a super morbidly obese person lost the weight, would they still have complications?

Super obese: It depends on so many things. How heavy they were, how much weight they lose, what medical problems they had, how severe they were, etc. However, no matter how you look at it, the super obese individual that loses a significant amount of weight will be much healthier and have a lower risk of death than if they stayed super obese. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I understand that if a patient has delirium and suspected sepsis (I am not referring to myself), some doctors are reluctant to perform a straight catherization. Why? Are the risks very serious?

I understand that if a patient has delirium and suspected sepsis (I am not referring to myself), some doctors are reluctant to perform a straight catherization.  Why? Are the risks very serious?

Hmmm....: Suppose you have delirium or have dementia. How would the medical staff convince you that you should help them do a bladder catheterization on you to get a sterile urine sample to look for urinary infection... when the medical staff appear to be several large strangers, suddenly appearing at your bedside, speaking in garbled words, waving a long, thick rubber object, aiming for your..... ...Read more

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Are there medical procedures given to those who are overweight but not obese? Can i doctor refuse to do a surgery for a patient?

Overweight treatment: No, there are no procedures that are approved for people that are overweight but not obese. Yes, a doctor can refuse to perform surgery on anyone if they are not comfortable performing it for any reason. ...Read more

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If someone is very frail, would they be able to withstand a liver transplant surgery? What are some of the signs that someone is too frail?

If someone is very frail, would they be able to withstand a liver transplant surgery? What are some of the signs that someone is too frail?

Risk for anesthesia: The usual reasons for the "frail" description would be advanced age, serious heart or lung disease (which increases the risk for anesthesia given during surgery), chronic disease e.g. diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis requiring steroid drugs, cancer, etc, and malnutrition. The surgeon will be the one to assess overall risk. Liver transplant is about the most serious surgery one could have. ...Read more

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Why you can't be an organ donor if overseas during certain years?

Why you can't be an organ donor if overseas during certain years?

Potential infections: These restrictions are due to potential exposure to certain blood borne diseases in the countries visited. These include malaria, leishmaniasis, creutzfeld jacob disease, and HIV type o. ...Read more

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What do you call a disease which you were born with that is not pathological b/c you unconsciously compensated for it with your lifestyle?

What do you call a disease which you were born with that is not pathological b/c you unconsciously compensated for it with your lifestyle?

Congenital: Congenital- refers to a disease that a person is born with. This can be due to genetics such as sickle cell anemia, malformation during pregnancy such a hole in one's heart or exposure such as fetal alchol syndrome. Some congenital diseases are obvious at birth others become more apparent later in life such as severe high cholesterol/lipids causing early heart attack and stroke. ...Read more

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If you have a buried penis because of being obese will you see more of your size when you lose weight? Please lmk is this correct? Can someone respond

If you have a buried penis because of being obese will you see more of your size when you lose weight? Please lmk is this correct? Can someone respond

Yes: Yes, but that is, of course, only one of many benefits to your well-being. Please see https://authoritynutrition.com/weight-loss/ and https://authoritynutrition.com/intermittent-fasting-guide/ for suggestions on weight loss. The best approach is a permanent change in diet that will result in steady weight loss. Good luck. ...Read more

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If a teenager has a heart problem, are they still at risk for sudden cardiac arrest even if they don't play sports or exercise?

If a teenager has a heart problem, are they still at risk for sudden cardiac arrest even if they don't play sports or exercise?

Heart disease: It depends on what their heart problem is. Some things are associated with sudden death, other things are of minor significance. ...Read more

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Why are you not able to have gastric bypass surgery if you have severe mental disorders?

Why are you not able to have gastric bypass surgery if you have severe mental disorders?

Major surgery: Having gastric bypas surgery is a mjor undertaking and requires the person to have stable cardiac function, stable lung function, and yes, stable mental health. Mental health willplay a large role in the eventaul succes of gatric bypass, so it is importatn to be mentally sound to get this surgery, so a person will have the best possible outcomes. ...Read more

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Can you please who may not have heart problems still get an angiogram done?

Can you please who may not have heart problems still get an angiogram done?

Angiogram: It is unlikely an angiogram would be indicated if there were no problems to investigate. ...Read more

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If you have 20 % of liver and extremely overweight and uncontrolled diabetic but needs to remove gall bladder, how risky is the surgery/?

If you have 20 % of liver and extremely overweight and uncontrolled diabetic but needs to remove gall bladder, how risky is the surgery/?

Very risky: Morbid obesity is your highest risk; the "20% liver" shouldn't cause too much of an issue if the anatomy stays the same. Diabetes is an associated risk factor. In summary: High risk; possible death, but less likely (5% possibly----which is quite high) Surgery only if lifestyle limiting. ...Read more

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If a person who was an organ donor committed suicide are their organs still used after their death if there not damaged?

If a person who was an organ donor committed suicide are their organs still used after their death if there not damaged?

Complicated: This is a complicated question to answer because it sounds like the organ donor is contemplating suicide. Furthermore, it sounds that this organ donor believes that someone else has a life worth living. This sounds like a conscientious person who needs help sorting out complicated feelings. Look into psychotherapy, it really can help. Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255 best wishes to you. ...Read more

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What issues (problems) can a heart person have. That would indicate that balloon valvuloplasty might be the right decision (Choice) to make.

What issues (problems)  can a heart person have. That would indicate that balloon valvuloplasty  might be the right decision (Choice) to make.

Risk factors: Balloon valvuloplasty is usually a temporary measure for patients that may be too high risk for surgery or have some temporary problem that precludes surgery at that time. It may also be done to see if it helps symptoms improve. In general though it's effects are usually only temporary, not generally long lasting or a definitive solution. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...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