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What are the chances of dying during heart transplant?

What are the chances of dying during heart transplant?

Very low: The chance of mortality during the procedure is very low. Nearly 90% of hearts are functioning at one year. There are some higher risk categories, but you should discuss this with your transplant team. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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 the chances of dying during the heart transplant surgery?

What are the chances of dying during the heart transplant surgery?

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

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What are odds of dying during heart transplant surgery?

What are odds of dying during heart transplant surgery?

Minimal: Very low. Different surgeons will quote different percentages,
generally there is a better than 99% chance of surviving the operation. ...Read more

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What kind of likelihood is there of dying during a heart transplant?

What kind of likelihood is there of dying during a heart transplant?

Transplant: If someone is sick enough to need a heart transplant, then the mortality is 100% without transplant. The surgery itself carries about 3-10 %ortality which is better than not having the transplant. ...Read more

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What are the main difficulties during a heart transplant?

What are the main difficulties during a heart transplant?

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

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Does the new heart mend to the old parts during heart transplant?

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

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Doctors, what are the chances of surviving a heart transplant?

Doctors, what are the chances of surviving a heart transplant?

Pretty good.: Survival after heart transplant is about 90 percent at one year and 50 percent at 10 years. ...Read more

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If a patient smokes, will this hurt their chances for a heart transplant?

If a patient smokes, will this hurt their chances for a heart transplant?

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

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What are the chances for an 8-year-old who needs a heart transplant to get a donated heart?

What are the chances for an 8-year-old who needs a heart transplant to get a donated heart?

Pretty good: Between 1999 and 2006, 1874 children (age <18) were listed as status 1a (most critical need for heart transplant). Of those, 17% died, 63% received transplants, and 8% recovered and 12% remained listed as of 2006. Circulation. 2009; 119: 717-727. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How does a patient stay alive during a heart transplant? My dad needs one.

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

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What are the ways that docs determing who recieves bone marrow during a heart transplant?

What are the ways that docs determing who recieves bone marrow during a heart transplant?

Different: 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

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During heart transplant surgery. How is blood flow kept to the brain since the heart has to be taken out?

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

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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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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?

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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