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What Are The Chances Of Dying During Heart Transplant
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
Unlikely.: Unlikely but possible. It depends on both donor and recipient factors. Although very unlikely, a poorly selected donor heart may cause severe and acute failure and death. Acute failure of the donor heart may also occur due to an acute rejection by the recipient. This can lead to death as well. An unforeseen surgical complication may also lead to death during the transplant. These events are rare. ...Read more
Very low. Different surgeons will quote different percentages,
generally there is a better than 99% chance of surviving the operation. ...Read more
Donor and rejection: Given a suitable recipient, finding a compatible donor is the primary barrier. Technically, a heart transplant is not a difficult procedure. Preventing rejection and minimizing the complications of anti-rejection/immunosuppressive drugs and long-term surveillance for infections and malignancies are longer term concerns. Limitations of finding donors has has spurred mechanical alternatives. ...Read more
To a degree: Interesting question. The various body parts and organs are dependent on the blood flow or cardiac output from the heart. Depending upon the degree they were compromised with the old/damaged heart, they will be rejuvenated by the new heart. Most of the old heart is removed, so that there is little to 'mend.'. ...Read more
Read this: en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Heart_transplantation
For an individual there are many variables ...Read more
Pretty good.: Survival after heart transplant is about 90 percent at one year and 50 percent at 10 years. ...Read more
Yes: A heart transplant isn't an easy procedure, and doesn't end with the surgery. Many lifestyle changes need to be made to live with a donor heart. There are anti-rejection drugs, risk of infections, and other complications of treatment. If someone isn't willing to give up smoking, there isn't much hope he will be able to modify his life to accommodate the other necessary modifications. ...Read more
During a heart transplant, after you take out an old heart and put a new one in, what happens if you cannot get it to beat for whatever reason? Death?
New Heart: During a heart transplant, the patient is put on a bypass machine. What this means is that the patient's blood is pumped through an external device, and then back into the patient. Kind of like an external heart. The patient is taken off the bypass machine with a new heart that beats, generally speaking. ...Read more
Heart transplant: If your dad gets a heart, he'll be on the heart lung machine while the new hea, rt is implanted. ...Read more
There are bone marrow transplants for some malignant diseases- leukemias etc.
Heart transplant would be unusual to have bone marrow transplant concomitantly I think.
We do cut the sternum and its marrow while opening the chest. ...Read more
During heart transplant surgery. How is blood flow kept to the brain since the heart has to be taken out?
Heart lung machine: During heart transplant and in fact many types of heart surgery the patient is connected to cardiopulmonary bypass machine.. The blood is drained out from the large veins (vena cava) into the machine. Oxygen is put into the blood and it is returned into the artery system usually the aorta. So even with the heart stopped, the body and brain continue to receive blood and oxygen. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
??: 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
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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