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What are the advantages of a heart transplant?

What are the advantages of a heart transplant?

Living: Most patients are not transplanted unless they fail all traditional therapeutic options. They have little hope of any long term survival. Left ventricular assist devices are being used as a bridge but without a transplant pts have a very poor long term outlook. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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 advantages of a heart transplant?

What are some advantages of a heart transplant?

Quality of life: The quality of life after a heart transplant is better than before; with a heart able to pump out an appropriate amount of blood, energy level increases, tolerance of activity increases, overall physical condition improves. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of heart transplant?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of heart transplant?

It depends.: It depends on what you are comparing with heart transplantation, and comes down to a choice you make with your loved ones and medical team. The obvious advantage is you get a heart that works better. Diasadvantages include the uncertainty of timing, the risk of surgery, and immunosuppression. Consultation with your doctor or a specialist might give you a more complete, personalized answer. ...Read more

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Are there advantages to a heart valve replacement over a heart transplant?

Are there advantages to a heart valve replacement over a heart transplant?

Yes: A heart valve replacement does not require a new heart from a deceased individual, and does not create the need for lifelong immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection of the heart. ...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?

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?

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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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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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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What is the cost of heart transplant ?

What is the cost of heart transplant ?

Close to 1 million: Depending on the center the cost is close to 1 million dollars in the us. Fortunately most insurances, including medicare and public aid, cover transplants. ...Read more

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How is a open heart transplant performed?

How is a open heart transplant performed?

Carefully!: Seriously though, the patient is placed on cardiopulmonary bypass, the donor heart is readied, the recipient heart is arrested and removed - usually the back walls of the atria are left behind, that is where the new heart is grafted. Immunosuppressant may be given and the patient is weaned off bypass and the donor heart takes over. ...Read more

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How does someone have a heart transplant?

How does someone have a heart transplant?

Surgical: When there are proper indications of an absolutely failing heart on major medications, and perhaps with an lvad (left ventricular assist device )in place, a person will be considered and "listed". The surgery requires heart lung machine support of the recipient while their heart is removed and the donor heart is sewn in place. ...Read more

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Who performed the first heart transplant?

Who performed the first heart transplant?

Barnard: Christian Barnard in 1967 in South Africa. Patient lived for about 18 days. ...Read more

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How hard is a heart transplant to perform?

How hard is a heart transplant to perform?

Relatively easy: Well i never did one, i'm not a surgeon and of course they train for many years. However, it is technically probably easier than some of the other surgery they do as you are sewing fairly large structures together. Working with smaller structures such as a coronary artery would be technically more challenging. Then again, there is a lot more sewing involved with doing the transplant. ...Read more

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How does a heart transplant affect society?

How does a heart transplant affect society?

??: Sorry but I do not understand the question which i guess is why it has not been answered. It can be life saving and obviously is reserved for those with very severe damage to the heart muscle. It is an expensive procedure which perhaps relates to your question. Are you asking the question of whether the money could be put to better use than helping one individual patient at great cost? ...Read more

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What are the effects of a heart transplant?

What are the effects of a heart transplant?

Age Matched Activity: A transplanted heart that is working well will replace the functions of the failed heart. The recipient can do most things that others his/her age can do. There is something called the transplant olympics, and some recipients perform amazing things; you would be quite surprised at the number that have run marathons. ...Read more

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What were the outcomes of heart transplant?

What were the outcomes of heart transplant?

Good: Overall about 70% 5 year survival. 2 year survival about 80%. Of the ones that survive 5 yrs about half survive to 10yrs. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Heart Transplant (Definition)

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