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What are some benefits of a heart transplant?

What are some benefits of a heart transplant?

Feel better: Well you would not likely get a transplant unless you have a lot of symptoms. So hopefully you would be less short of breath, not as fatigued, and in general feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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 some of the benefits of a human heart transplant?

What are some of the benefits of a human heart transplant?

Live longer: Heart transplantation is reserved for end stage heart failure where the quality of life is poor (patients have symptoms with minimal exertion or at rest) and death is imminent (usually one year survival less than 50%). A new heart gives patients an excellent quality of life and longevity (average person survives ~ 12 years after a transplant, with some surviving close to 20 years). ...Read more

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What are the benefits of having a heart transplant?

What are the benefits of having a heart transplant?

Living comfortably: For patients that receive a heart transplant, they would not have lived long without one. Recipients have end stage cardiac disease that is progressive and shortens survival. ...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 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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Why is heart transplant difficult?

Why is heart transplant difficult?

Donor shortage: Heart failure patients are waiting many months for a matching donor heart after being listed as a suitable candidate. ...Read more

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Who did the first heart transplant?

Who did the first heart transplant?

Barnard: The first one in a human was done by dr. Christian barnard in capetown south africa in 1967. ...Read more

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Why do you need a heart transplant?

Why do you need a heart transplant?

Weak heart muscle: If the heart muscle gets very weak for whatever reason, it may not be able to pump the blood adequately. Therefore if the problem is severe enough and does not improve with medication, sometimes they only treatment left is to remove the diseased heart and tranplant a healthy heart. ...Read more

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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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Can you describe a heart transplant?

Can you describe a heart transplant?

Yes: For people you have the most severely damaged hearts a transplant involves removng the heart and replacing it with a donor heart. Multiple heart attacks , and viral damage to the heart muscle are the most common causes.. The supply of donors, usually from severe head trauma is very limited, limiting the number of transplants that can be performed. It is a procedure of last resort. ...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