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Doctor insights on: Heart Transplant Personality Change

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Anti rejection drugs from heart transplant, can this cause personality change?

Anti rejection drugs from heart transplant, can this cause personality change?

Not impossible: Talk with your physicians to let them know the details and perhaps they can make changes that will help. Absolutely do not change your dose or medication without doctor's advice. Promise? Be well! ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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If you get a heart transplant, do your emotions and feels change?

If you get a heart transplant, do your emotions and feels change?

No and yes: The transplant is a huge pyschological ordeal. And this would affect anyone.


But your emotions are from your brain and not your heart. ...Read more

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Will a heart transplant survivor have psychological changes in relation to his donor?

Unlikely: From a strictly science point of view no. I would certainly not worry about this is someone needed or had a heart transplant. However, so much of life is a mystery. There is so much we don't understand and science is still a baby itself when it comes to explaining everything we experience. It would be hard to study your question and I suspect it has never been scientifically looked at. ...Read more

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Will a heart transplant survivor have a psychological change in relation to his donor?

Will a heart transplant survivor have a psychological change in relation to his donor?

Probably not: Usualky not however patients should get psychological orientation before going to transplant. Patients at risk should continue to see a psych specialist after transplant ...Read more

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What is a change for heart transplant for a baby born with hypoplasie right ventricular, no tricuspid, vdc defect?

What is a change for heart transplant for a baby born with hypoplasie right ventricular, no tricuspid, vdc defect?

Heart transplant: Assuming you can get an appropriate sized heart and having the surgery at a universtity teaching hospital you baby stands an excellent chance of survival. ...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?

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

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Are there specific laws on who qualify for heart transplant?

Sort of: Not really laws, but a way of operating. A very careful and thorough series of tests, exams, and evaluation of your support structure is needed. ...Read more

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Which is statistics for heart transplant with a failed fontan?

Which is statistics for heart transplant with a failed fontan?

Good: The risk of heart transplantation after any congenital heart surgery is significantly higher than other groups of patients. In spite of that tx as the only option is still great with nearly 80% survival first year and about 60% 5 yr survival. ...Read more

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What kind of likelihood is there of dying during a heart transplant?

What kind of likelihood is there of dying during a heart transplant?

Transplant: If someone is sick enough to need a heart transplant, then the mortality is 100% without transplant. The surgery itself carries about 3-10 %ortality which is better than not having the transplant. ...Read more

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Is there an age limit for heart transplant?

Is there an age limit for heart transplant?

Yes and no: Criteria for transplantation, including age, vary by transplant center. Most centers don't have an absolute age cutoff, but instead consider a patient's "physiologic' age. Having said that, transplants are relatively uncommon in those over 65, due to multiple co-morbidities (other illnesses), increased risk of bad outcomes after transplant in older patients, and limited supply of donor hearts. ...Read more

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What happens in a heart transplant to the donor?

What happens in a heart transplant to the donor?

Most are buried: Heart transplants are done using hearts from patient that have become brain dead. After organ removal the bodies may or may not require an autopsy; this is up to the local medical examiner. Later they are buried or cremated depending on the wishes of the family. ...Read more

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What are the risks of getting a heart transplant?

What are the risks of getting a heart transplant?

Various types: A heart transplant procedure has technical risks, just like any operation. Will the new heart fit? Start working? Will there be bleeding? After the operation, there are risks of infection, problems with the immunosuppressive medications, etc. Don't let these risks overly frighten you. The excellent statistics you are told about include all of these problems taking place, which is not too often. ...Read more

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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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Can situs inversus interfere with a heart transplant?

No: If mheart transplant is indicated or being pursued the surgeons will take appropriate measures. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having a human heart transplant?

Surgical, medical: The operative risk of the procedure, then the long term risk of infection and rejection. ...Read more

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Which medical equipment is used for a heart transplant?

Which medical equipment is used for a heart transplant?

Heart Transplant: Your question is not clear. Please reframe. Wide variety of medical equipment is used during transplant surgery. It is difficult to explain here in the limited context. ...Read more

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What kind of donor would you need for a heart transplant?

Healthy donor: The donor would need to meet brain death criteria, and have a normal functioning heart. Certain systemic diseases would need to be excluded such as severe hypertension and atherosclerosis. ...Read more

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Who are the decision makers in getting a heart transplant?

Who are the decision makers in getting a heart transplant?

Teams at Each Center: Certain hospitals in the US are licensed by the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide transplantation services. Each hospital must provide a team of professionals trained and experienced to decide on the risks and benefits of transplant. These teams are required to include surgeons, physicians, social workers, nutritionists, etc. ...Read more

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Will having a heart transplant improve my quality of life?

Will having a heart transplant improve my quality of life?

Likely: If you have had the assessment as a candidate, then you have a serious situation and will have maximum treatment while on the list waiting.
Lvads are also improving and serving many people. ...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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What is the machine's name that is used in heart transplant?

What is the machine's name that is used in heart transplant?

Heart lung machine: The heart lung machine, also known as pump oxygenator, receives blood returning to the heart, adds oxygen to it, and then pumps the blood into the patient's aorta. The lungs and heart are bypassed. There is also a machine called an organ care system which keeps the donor heart beating until it is transplanted. That machine was first used in 2006. Otherwise the heart is cooled before transplant. ...Read more

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How can an underprivileged teenager get a heart transplant?

How can an underprivileged teenager get a heart transplant?

It depends: I don't know what you mean by underprivileged, nor where he/she lives, nor if a transplant is needed. In the us, patient needs to be evaluated for heart failure locally. Hospital social workers can check for available insurance options, or if fund raising is needed. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the chances of surviving a heart transplant?

Doctors, what are the chances of surviving a heart transplant?

Pretty good.: Survival after heart transplant is about 90 percent at one year and 50 percent at 10 years. ...Read more

Dr. Justin ORourke
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Personality Changes (Definition)

Personality change is a symptom in which a person's personality (the sum of his traits, emotions, behaviors, and thought patterns) has altered. Temporary changes can be due to fatigue, hormonal changes, drug abuse, medication side effects, etc ...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