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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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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 makes someone eligible to get a heart transplant?

What makes someone eligible to get a heart transplant?

End stage heart fail: End stage heart failure, intractable angina or ventricular arthythmias are the most common indications for heart transplant. Eligibility screening includes a thorough evaluation: medical (to rule out contraindications such as active cancer, bad diabetes, etc.), social (good support system, non user of tobacco, heavy alcohol or drugs) and financial (ability to pay for meds afterwards). ...Read more

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Are there some good websites for someone soon to get a heart transplant?

Are there some good websites for someone soon to get a heart transplant?

Check with UNOS: In the United States go to http://optn.Transplant.Hrsa.Gov/members/search.Asp look for the closest centers to your location and call them for the information you seek. ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to get a heart transplant?She is 26 years old and otherwise healthy other than diabetes.

How likely is it for someone to get a heart transplant?She is 26 years old and otherwise healthy other than diabetes.

Likely, however...: Given the chronic shortage of organs, transplant candidates have to be sorted out very carefully. For a 26 year old many efforts would be made to find a match. It would be up to a heart failure cardiologist to do a full evaluation and determine her eligibility. ...Read more

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If a female teenager was to get a heart transplant that was chronically rejected, how long would it take to realize that?

If a female teenager was to get a heart transplant that was chronically rejected, how long would it take to realize that?

Depends: Any heart transplant can reject acutely or chronically. That is why the best match and candidates are chosen. We have a shortage of donors also as a significant limitation. Chronic rejection can be suspected on clinical grounds and confirmed on periodic biopsy. ...Read more

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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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How do I know if I can get a heart transplant?

How do I know if I can get a heart transplant?

Need an evaluation: You need to be evaluated and approved by a heart transplant center. Ask your cardiologist to refer you to a local center if you were told you have severe heart failure. ...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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Can brugadasydrom patients get a heart transplant?

Can brugadasydrom  patients get a heart transplant?

.? What?.: The syndrome as written is not familiar. But heart transplant is indicated for incorrect able heart failure of multiple originations. Lvads = left ventricular assist device may be used as temporary or destination therapy depending on the specific patient situation. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Heart Transplant (Definition)

Getting a heart from a donor who passed away from ...Read more