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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Immunosuppression: You will need major surgery, and then be treated with immunosuppressive drugs for the rest of your life. While these drugs can prevent rejection of the heart, they make the recipient more vulnerable to infections and some cancers. However, if one is in end stage heart failure there are few alternatives. Even so, there are not enough donor hearts available for all that need one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various types: A heart transplant procedure has technical risks, just like any operation. Will the new heart fit? Start working? Will there be bleeding? After the operation, there are risks of infection, problems with the immunosuppressive medications, etc. Don't let these risks overly frighten you. The excellent statistics you are told about include all of these problems taking place, which is not too often. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies by problem: Preventing problems from very low heart beat such as heart failure, passing out and in extreme cases cardiac arrest. Also symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath from low heart beat may improve. Sometimes it is used when medications treating fast heart beats also causes very slow heart beat. A special resynchronization pacemaker with three leads may be used to treat heart failure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Rejection/Infection: It depends on the reason the cornea is scarred or irregular. Keratoconus, a congenital problem, is a very common reason and the results are very good. If there is previous injury to the cornea with scarring, i.e. Burns, trauma, infections, etc, there maybe ingrowth of blood vessels and the results and not quite as good. The main risks are rejection or infection. ...Read more
Heart transplant: If indicated then a HUGE pro Is that the recipient gets to live! A con is the matter of regular compliance with detailed and meticulous follow up for the rest of your life ...Read more
No more dialysis: This is a very general question. If the new kidney is functioning well most recipients are able to return to pre-illness levels of activity. Many adults return to full time work and school. They no longer do dialysis, but must take a number of new drugs that prevent rejection. They need to continue lifelong follow-uup by their transplant team. ...Read more
Tough to say: Nicholas, the survival of the lung/kidney transplant is going to be driven by the survival of the lung transplant. But, the overall survival is probably lower than if you only needed a lung transplant, just because of the underlying process causing the need for a renal transplant in addition of the lung transplant. ...Read more
Transplant: read this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_transplantation For an individual there are many variables ...Read more
Depends: If the slow heart rate is sinus bradycardia from, say being well conditioned there is little risk of any serious symptoms. If however, the heart rate is slow from a pathological condition one may experience, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, low blood pressure and other related symptoms. ...Read more
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