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How long are you out of work after a heart and lung transplant?

How long are you out of work after a heart and lung transplant?

Hard to be precise: The question has a lot of contingencies based on the overall health of the recipient, the type of employment, the age of the recipient, any rejection, etc. In general it takes 1-2 months to stabilize and recover after a thoracic organ transplant., and considerations about return to work can begin after that approximate time. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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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What is the definition or description of: heart and lung transplant?

What is the definition or description of: heart and lung transplant?

New heart and lungs: Both the diseased heart and lungs are removed from the recipient and then a new heart and lungs are implanted. This procedure is done on those with both severe heart and lung disease. The patient is placed on immunosuppressive medication after the procedure. ...Read more

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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Go to the ER for x-rays and initial treatment
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Use high flow oxygen
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Whats life expectancy for heart and lung transplant?

Whats life expectancy for heart and lung transplant?

It varies: It is too variable to answer: my patient is 14 years status post at lung transplant and is still going strong. ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Remember to obtain any previous images that show the nodule
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Research whether it's best to follow the nodule or to biopsy it
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What is the life expectancy for a heart and lung transplant?

What is the life expectancy for a heart and lung transplant?

It varies: It is variable. My patient is 14 years status post a heart - lung transplant and he is still going strong. ...Read more

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Can you just have a lung transplant for CF or does it have to be a heart and lung transplant?

Can you just have a lung transplant for CF or does it have to be a heart and lung transplant?

CF/tx: CF patients who are not able to be managed with medical therapy can be considered for lung transplantation. The decision is complex and consists of an assessment of survival benefit as well as whether the candidate is a good patient for the lung transplantation and follow up care. ...Read more

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Who needs heart and lung transplants?

Who needs heart and lung transplants?

Heart/Lung Fail: Those who meet the criteria for heart and lung transplants. Cardiopulmonary failure, cardiac or pulmonary failure. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are you against heart and lung transplants?

Please tell me, are you against heart and lung transplants?

Certainly not: But it's a very big undertaking, requires life long immunosuppressive treatment, and donors are scarce so it will never be a treatment that is used in large numbers. ...Read more

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Are you against heart and lung transplants for sick CF people?

Are you against heart and lung transplants for sick CF people?

Heart/lung transplan: Actually no, but it is important to realize that they do come with some issues. The transplant may get rid of the CF issues in those areas, but the individual still has CF and that will affect other organs. Also, the medicines for immune suppression necessary after a transplant have their own risks, such as an increased risk of infection. ...Read more

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Are you against poor people getting heart and lung transplants?

Are you against poor people getting heart and lung transplants?

No: Those in need of solid organ transplants do need to have health insurance, and have a support system that will permit them to have a safe and successful outcome. ...Read more

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Why do sufferers of cystic fibrosis have heart and lung transplants?

Why do sufferers of cystic fibrosis have heart and lung transplants?

Usually not: Most people with CF have neither, and almost never have a heart/lung transplant if thy do. Both lungs are usually transplanted partially to reduce the risk of infection. ...Read more

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Can continuing smokers be allowed to have a heart or lung transplant?

Depends: The amount of wealth and the insurance. Usually a contraindication because mortality is increased and transplant programs have to meet certain goals, such as 80% after 2 years.

However, steve jobs got a liver transplant for pancreatic cancer with liver mets.

There are many docs trained in smoking cessation. Take their advice and treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if dad needs heart and lungs transplant!:(?

What to do if dad needs heart and lungs transplant!:(?

Nothing you can do: Just be there for him. It's scary and he'll appreciate knowing he's not going through it alone. ...Read more

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What to do if dad needs heart and lungs transplant!!:(?

What to do if dad needs heart and lungs transplant!!:(?

Be there: Be there. Spend time with him. Let him know you with him through the process. Let him reminisce. Relate your positive childhood experiences. Good luck to him and to you! ...Read more

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How risky is a heart lung transplant?

How risky is a heart lung transplant?

Heart lung transplan: Better way to think about this: what is the risk to a person ill enough to need transplant without the transplant? The answer is usually 100% chance of death with doing nothing. There is always some risk of the operation but clearly less than 100% and lower surgical risk in centers that perform this operation more frequently. ...Read more

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Life expectancy for heart lung transplant?

Life expectancy for heart  lung transplant?

Varies with time: The most recent data on patient survival after a heart-lung combined transplant is that about 80% at 1 year, 50% at 5 years, and 25% at 10 years are alive after the transplants. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me the average recovery time needed for heart-lung transplant patients?

Can anyone tell me the average recovery time needed for heart-lung transplant patients?

Varies: It depends on many factors including the condition of the patient before surgery, other medical conditions, and their age. Most would be in the hospital a few weeks, then recover with physical therapy support either at home or in a skilled facility for a few weeks. ...Read more

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Do you have to have a heart transplant along with a lung transplant?

No: The great majority of lung transplants are done without heart transplant. Most patients with COPD or pulmonary fibrosis will get a single lung transplant and patients with pulmonary hypertension (high pressure in the lungs) or cystic fibrosis (a genetic disorder in young people) will end up with a double lung transplant. Heart - lung transplant is done in the US but not commonly. ...Read more

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How come a patient connected to heart-lung machine during double lung transplants?

How come a patient connected to heart-lung machine during double lung transplants?

Oxygenation: The lungs need to be disconnected from the heart and the new once attached. This cannot happen with the heart beating; blood circulation needs to be stopped in the heart and lungs. During this time the machine oxygenates and pumps the blood to the rest of the body. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary for a patient to be connected to heart-lung machine during double lung transplants?

Poor lung function: Double lung transplants when done "en block" obviously need the heart lung machine. When done asynchronously require bilateral anterior thoracotomies, and one lung anesthesia. If lung function too poor to allow one lung anesthesia then en block is the only option. The transplant surgeon is the only one that can judge which technique is appropiate to his patient. ...Read more

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Is it true that when you have a lung transplant for cystic fibrosis you have to have a heart transplant as well?

No: Patients with cystic fibrosis often will have a double lung transplant. Heart transplant is only required if pulmonary hypertension is so severe in cystic fibrosis that it has affected the function of the heart. Thus, CF patients do not require heart transplant when they have lung transplant (the great majority of the time). ...Read more

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Heart and lung desease symptoms?

Heart and lung desease symptoms?

Many!: There are many symptoms patients complain of that may relate to the heart and lungs--shortness of breath, chest pain, chest pressure, wheezing, and cough are common. Doctors will ask more questions and sometimes order certain tests to narrow the focus to a specific organ system. ...Read more

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Groupon offers a ebct heart and lung scan for $57. Is it a necessary procedure or is it a scam. I've never had have heart disease, but my family has.

Groupon offers a ebct heart and lung scan for $57. Is it a necessary procedure or is it a scam. I've never had have heart disease, but my family has.

Heart scan: Ebct(electron beam ct scan) is an easy and fast test that can detect calcium deposits in your coronary arteries. The lung scan can detect lung nodules or masses. Ctscans do expose you to radiation, but there are defiinite benefits to early detection of coronary disease in people at risk (ie. Diabetes, smokers, strong family history of heart attacks). If it's a legit facility that's a great price! ...Read more

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If you have your heart and lung function monitored regularly. Will methadone affect you in the long term and i'm negative matter?

If you have your heart and lung function monitored regularly. Will methadone affect you in the long term and i'm negative matter?

It may: Methadone is a full mu receptor opioid agonist which means the body will develop a tolerance to it and a higher dose will be needed to obtain the same desired effect. Methadone at high doses can cause cardiac arrest. Drug-drug interaction should be assessed for as well. The choice really depends on what it's being used for or is it even necessary. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Fernando Torres
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Lung Transplantation (Definition)

Removing the entire lung (or both) from a deceased individual, taking out the diseased lungs of another, and replacing them with the transplanted lung (s). In rare cases a small piece of a lung has been used from a living person to transplant to another such as a ...Read more