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Doctor insights on: Heart Transplant Surgery

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How long is heart transplant surgery?

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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Dr. James Chapman
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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 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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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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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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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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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

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During heart transplant surgery. How is blood flow kept to the brain since the heart has to be taken out?

During heart transplant surgery. How is blood flow kept to the brain since the heart has to be taken out?

Heart lung machine: During heart transplant and in fact many types of heart surgery the patient is connected to cardiopulmonary bypass machine. . The blood is drained out from the large veins (vena cava) into the machine. Oxygen is put into the blood and it is returned into the artery system usually the aorta. So even with the heart stopped, the body and brain continue to receive blood and oxygen. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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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

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Transplant Surgery (Definition)

Transplant surgeons are fully trained in general surgery and have spent additional years training how to technically perform organ transplants. They also know the medicine and immunology of treating patients with immunosuppression. Remember that it is one thing to surgically remove an organ (if it is diseased), but very tough to remove it + keep it healthy enough to be ...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