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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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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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How probable is it that someone can get a liver transplant in 9 months?

How probable is it that someone can get a liver transplant in 9 months?

Depends on how ill: Liver transplants come from live donors or deceased donors. Deceased donor organs are "allocated" by the candidate's meld score which indicates how ill they are. The higher the score, the more likely to get an organ, but also the more likely the patient is to die without a liver. With the organ shortage, death is a real possibility. So, the 9 month cut-off is not the most helpful way to think. ...Read more

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How likely is it for a child to die of pneumonia nowadays in the u.S.?

How likely is it for a child to die of pneumonia nowadays in the u.S.?

Rare: The overall rate of death is very low and significantly less than 10/100, 000, or 1 /10, 000. Most of these would be in children who also had some chronic illness such as cystic fibrosis, cancer, etc. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get coarctation of the aorta?

How common is it for somebody to get coarctation of the aorta?

1 in 1500 births: Coarctation of the aorta is a congenital heart defect and occurs in 6-8% of patients with congenital heart disease. ...Read more

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What is the time after a person suffering a heart attack that they need to be in the hospital?

What is the time after a person suffering a heart attack that they need to be in the hospital?

ASAP: The time after symptoms begin is directly associated with the amount of scarring and damage. Heart tissue can withstand only short periods of time (minutes-hours) before tissue dies and scarring ensues. The amount of damage directly correlates with survival. The first 90 minutes after symptoms begin correlate with survival in acute coronary syndrome patients undergoing acute coronary interventi. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get dengue if you live in the us?

Is it possible to get dengue if you live in the us?

Rare: It's extremely rare in the continental United States, but it's present in puerto rico and there have been reports from the florida keys. The cdc website has a dengue map: http://www.Healthmap.Org/dengue/index.Php. ...Read more

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How can someone get on the list for a second lung transplant? I know it is very rare, but is there anything that can be done?

How can someone get on the list for a second lung transplant? I know it is very rare, but is there anything that can be done?

Lung transplant: Above all, continue to see your doctors. There are a number of lists, not just one. If doc agrees, try to get on several. Get second and third opinions. Go to major hospital docs specializing in transplants such as in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to get a lung transplant?

How difficult is it to get a lung transplant?

Can be difficult: Patients with a number of different diseases can qualify for lung transplants. It can be difficult however, because patients must be "sick enough" to qualify for the surgery, but "healthy enough" to tolerate it and the anti-rejection medication. Patients have to have a lot of testing prior to being placed on transplant list and may need to undergo some pulmonary rehabilitation as well. ...Read more

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Is there a way to find out how good a hospital is when it comes to bypass surgery? What percent of pts live, etc.? Thank you.

Is there a way to find out how good a hospital is when it comes to bypass surgery? What percent of pts live, etc.?  Thank you.

Ask?: Most of us choose a busy hospital near home and family. Your cardiologist will likely have a credible opinion sts database medicare database most of the "advertising" is slanted. Generally busy places are doing well( or hey get un-busy!). ...Read more

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Is it more difficult to get a job as a nurse or doctor with HIV? I'm just curious if that is an issue that gets in the way of being hired at hospitals

Is it more difficult to get a job as a nurse or doctor with HIV? I'm just curious if that is an issue that gets in the way of being hired at hospitals

Absolutely, more so: because hospitals are buildings full of sick people: people who are both (a) more vulnerable to injury & infection than most not in hospitals plus (b) people who are hospitalized are far more likely to sue the hospital, & everyone associated, for any injury or bad outcome which they perceive as being induced by anything which happened while they were in a hospital. This powerfully drives costs ?. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person to live without the pericardial sac aroung the heart?

Is it possible for a person to live without the pericardial sac aroung the heart?

Yes: People live fine without a pericardial sac. It is often removed, or partially removed, with bypass surgery, which is quite common. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get phlebothrombrosis in the arm?

Is it possible for you to get phlebothrombrosis in the arm?

Phlebothrombrosis: Thrombophlebitis = phlebitis = phlebothrombosis. It can occur in the arm. ...Read more

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What is the life expentancy for a heart working only 23%. is it possible to cure it anywhere in the world. plz explain. ?

What is the life expentancy for a heart working only 23%. is it possible to cure it anywhere in the world. plz explain. ?

Less than normal: Survival with low ejection fraction less than 35% is less than the average survival of normal population but can be can be considerably long . It is not uncommon to live till the 70s with modern treatment including drugs,and devices specially when introduced early. The onset of symptoms of heart failure shorten life expectancy .the ultimate treatment is heart transplant ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

How likely is it for someone to survive brain cancer and tuberculosis in the lungs?

Tb chances are good: It is quite unlikely to have both conditions at the same time. This makes therapy more challenging but doable. Cure from tuberculosis should be expected. The main concern here is the brain cancer. For the most common adult brain cancer, survival is about a year, give or take a few months. ...Read more

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What will happen my hydrosalpinx in the left is considered It will be very big problem for me to get pregnant easily What the best way to get pregnant?

What will happen my hydrosalpinx in the left is considered It will be very big problem for me to get pregnant easily What the best way to get pregnant?

Bypass tubes: Most times a hydro-salpinx is present in BOTH Fallopian tubes. One sided hydro-salpinx is more common with IUD use. You may have to do IVF(In vitro fertilization) in the future to bypass the Fallopian tubes entirely. in order to conceive. ...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


Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Heart Transplant (Definition)

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