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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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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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Who performed the first heart transplant?

Who performed the first heart transplant?

Barnard: Christian Barnard in 1967 in South Africa. Patient lived for about 18 days. ...Read more

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How hard is a heart transplant to perform?

How hard is a heart transplant to perform?

Relatively easy: Well i never did one, i'm not a surgeon and of course they train for many years. However, it is technically probably easier than some of the other surgery they do as you are sewing fairly large structures together. Working with smaller structures such as a coronary artery would be technically more challenging. Then again, there is a lot more sewing involved with doing the transplant. ...Read more

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How does a heart transplant affect society?

How does a heart transplant affect society?

??: Sorry but I do not understand the question which i guess is why it has not been answered. It can be life saving and obviously is reserved for those with very severe damage to the heart muscle. It is an expensive procedure which perhaps relates to your question. Are you asking the question of whether the money could be put to better use than helping one individual patient at great cost? ...Read more

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At what age can you have a heart transplant?

At what age can you have a heart transplant?

Most Ages: There is no absolute age. Infants have been successfully transplanted as well as 70 year olds. The largest number of heart recipients in the US are between 35-65 years old. It often depends on the degree of co-morbid (other) diseases. It would be extremely unlikely over age 75. ...Read more

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Where's shortest wait for heart transplant?

Where's shortest  wait for heart transplant?

See below: That's not how it works in the U.S. Everyone who needs an organ transplant is pooled together and ranked according to their condition and severity. Then when a match becomes available, they go down the national list. So an organ procured in california may go to someone in ohio. It all depends on your severity and genetic factors. See unos (united network for organ sharing) for details. ...Read more

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Is it fair to others to have heart transplant at 60?

Wrong ? to ask: With such a severe shortage of organs, there will always be many deserving patients for each organ. It's impossible to only choose the best candidate for each transplant. Fairness is built into the system by having transparency, an openly agreed upon set of policies that are strictly followed and are often revised, and requiring each txp center to define their own rules. This is done through unos. ...Read more

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How are people who need a heart transplant selected?

Very carefully!: Seriously, they must have otherwise unreparable heart disease, heart failure, no other life limiting diseases:- infections , cancer, and willingness and ability to comply with a very strict medical regimen. ...Read more

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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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How easily is it to get a heart transplant in the us?

How easily is it to get a heart transplant in the us?

Not enough organs: At the end of 2011 in the us there were about 3, 100 patients on the wait list for a heart; and in 2011 2, 322 patients received a heart transplant. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

Many people with chest pain fear a heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain. Some causes are not dangerous to your health, while other causes are ...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