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Doctor insights on: Heart Transplant Support Groups

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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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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Interested in information on stem cell treatment for congestive heart failure?

Interested in information on stem cell treatment for congestive heart failure?

Be careful: This is an experimental treatment that is showing a lot of future promise. The overall efficacy and side effects are still being evaluated That being said there are a LOT of quacks out there selling this as a treatment to hopeless patients for a huge amount of money. Don't blow your life savings on one of these overseas clinics, it will be a waste of time/money and dangerous. ...Read more

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Any support groups for pertussis?

Any support groups for pertussis?

Why?: You don't usually need a support group for an acute infection that you recover from. Support groups are for people with chronic infections. And if everyone got vaccinated, there would be no pertussis. ...Read more

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Are there support groups for pick's disease?

See below: These websites below might serve as a starting point. Good luck! http://www.Ftdsg.Org/index.Htm__ http://www.Theaftd.Org/. ...Read more

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What are some reputable support groups for incest survivors?

What are some reputable support groups for incest survivors?

Two 12 Step groups: You might want to consider attending a meeting of survivors of incest anonymous (sia) and/or incest survivors anonymous (isa) the most important difference is that anyone who has been a perpetrator is asked not to attend isa even if the perpetrator was also a victim of incest. ...Read more

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Are there support groups for people with pancreatic cancer?

Are there support groups for people with pancreatic cancer?

PANCAN: The best group out there is the pancreatic cancer action network, aka pancan. Their liason program connects people with experience with pancreatic cancer with those seeking more information. www.pancan.org. ...Read more

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Does islam support transplantation?

Does islam support transplantation?

Very much so: There a re large transplant programs in egypt, saudi arabia, pakistan, iran, lebanon...Just to name a few. ...Read more

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Where are congestive heart failure clinics located?

Where are congestive heart failure clinics located?

Various places: Most are within a hospital or a hospital outpatient clinic. They could be in a private office as well. ...Read more

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Know of enucleation online support groups?

Ocularist: An artificial eye maker is termed ocularist. They would have contact with enucleation support groups so ask you eye maker about this. ...Read more

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What are some less religious family support groups for loved ones with drug addiction?

12 steps: I love 12 step programs - the neutral one is positive anonymous 12 step program - any 12 step program would work. ...Read more

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How do the programs that matches people that need kidney transplants with living donors work?

Computer programs: Specific computer programs are available to input donor and recipient characteristics and they are used to find the best match in "paired exchage" living donor programs. Also people can be direct matches and this is done by blood tests alone. ...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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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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Will a pastor provide support for family members of those in icu?

Will a pastor provide support for family members of those in icu?

Usually: I believe a pastor, minister, priest, or rabbi has some duty to comfort those with a loved one in the icu. I do not believe they should be waiting in the icu, but some contact should be made. Make sure they know your loved one is in an ic unit! ...Read more

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Why doesn't everyone support organ donation?

Why doesn't everyone support organ donation?

Organ donation: Unfortunately there are many people who feel that organ donation is not a transparent process and the medical profession would prefer to allow some to die in order to recover their organs to transplant into others. In fact this is the farthest from the truth, but urban myths and stories abound that give many false impressions. Better education will help clear the myths and more lives will be saved. ...Read more

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How are recipients and donors matched for organ donation?

How are recipients and donors matched for organ donation?

Depends: Some are based on a combination of blood and tissue typing others are based primarily on tissue typing. Size of the individual's is also matched especially for pediatric patients. ...Read more

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Might there be any support groups for people going through kidney failure?

NKF: One of the resources- national kidney foundation.They have great educational materials and support groups. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...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