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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. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...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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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

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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


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