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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. Sewa Legha
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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 long does a heart transplant operation typically take?

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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How is a heart transplant done - is it like a coronary artery bypass operation?

How is a heart transplant done - is it like a coronary artery bypass operation?

2 basic ways: Atrial-aorta-pulmonary artery anastomosis or pulmonary veins - vena cavae - aorta- pulmonary artery anastomosis sequence. The pulmonary vein buttons left atrium and bi caval anastomoses in theory preserve most of the atrial kick. One main issue with transplanted hearts is that chronotropic dysfunction may occur leading to diminished exercise tolerance. If the donor in same or more time available. ...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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How long is heart transplant surgery?

Hmmm: Depends on many factors. Best to ask your transplant surgeon who will know you best. ...Read more

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What are odds of dying during heart transplant surgery?

Minimal: Very low. Different surgeons will quote different percentages, generally there is a better than 99% chance of surviving the operation. ...Read more

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What are the chances of dying during the heart transplant surgery?

What are the chances of dying during the heart transplant surgery?

Unlikely.: Unlikely but possible. It depends on both donor and recipient factors. Although very unlikely, a poorly selected donor heart may cause severe and acute failure and death. Acute failure of the donor heart may also occur due to an acute rejection by the recipient. This can lead to death as well. An unforeseen surgical complication may also lead to death during the transplant. These events are rare. ...Read more

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After a heart transplant surgery, what happens to the heart that is taken out?

After a heart transplant surgery, what happens to the heart that is taken out?

Pathology: The old heart is taken to pathology where doctors try to see if they can find reasons why it failed. Sometimes, with the patient permission, doctors will also conduct research on it. ...Read more

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What is the sucess rate of infant heart transplant surgery?

What is the sucess rate of infant heart transplant surgery?

Pretty good: The surgery not very comlicated and is almost always successful , if there is a good match. The survival is ~70% in 5 years. As rejection prevention strategies improve the long term survival will improve further. ...Read more

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My friend's grandfather is currently in surgery for a heart transplant. What is something that i can make for him to eat?

My friend's grandfather is currently in surgery for a heart transplant. What is something that i can make for him to eat?

Nice Gesture: He should be eating a few days after the procedure. Why don't you ask his doctors when they believe he can eat and make him favorite dishes from home. Probably best to keep away from hi salt or buttery foods. ...Read more

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During heart transplant surgery. How is blood flow kept to the brain since the heart has to be taken out?

During heart transplant surgery. How is blood flow kept to the brain since the heart has to be taken out?

Heart lung machine: During heart transplant and in fact many types of heart surgery the patient is connected to cardiopulmonary bypass machine. . The blood is drained out from the large veins (vena cava) into the machine. Oxygen is put into the blood and it is returned into the artery system usually the aorta. So even with the heart stopped, the body and brain continue to receive blood and oxygen. ...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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What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

Way too complex: This question is way to complex for a short text Q&A. Individual patient information is needed to really discuss risks and benefits. This discussion needs to be with a live cardiologist and/or cardiac surgeon. ...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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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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How is a open heart transplant performed?

How is a open heart transplant performed?

Carefully!: Seriously though, the patient is placed on cardiopulmonary bypass, the donor heart is readied, the recipient heart is arrested and removed - usually the back walls of the atria are left behind, that is where the new heart is grafted. Immunosuppressant may be given and the patient is weaned off bypass and the donor heart takes over. ...Read more

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Why and how does the body reject a heart transplant?

Why and how does the body reject a heart transplant?

Organs are foreign: Transplanted organs are treated by the body like foreign invaders (infections). All solid organs transferred between humans are rejected by the immune system of the host. The one exception is identical twins. The rejection process can be halted in most cases with the use of powerful anti-rejection drugs that recipients are given for the life of the graft. ...Read more

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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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Please tell me if it is possible to do a heart transplant?

Please tell me if it is possible to do a heart transplant?

YES: About 2200 heart transplants are done each year in the usa. I do not understand your question. It is expected that more americans will end up with a ventricular assist device as bridge to transplant or as destination therapy rescue from cardiogenic shock in the next 10 years. Currently about 70% 5 year survival for heart transplants. ...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