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What Is The Latest Technology Of Heart Transplants
Immunosuppression: Heart transplant surgery is actually relatively straightforward. The key to survival is the post-operative care, especially immunosuppression to make sure the heart is not rejected and monitoring for complications of immunosuppression to prevent exotic infections. The other key factor in heart transplant survival is how the other organ systems are doing (especially kidney and lung function). ...Read more
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
Assist Devices: The transplant operation hasn't changed recently but there aren't enough donors for all the patients with severe heart failure. So the latest technology is the assist devices (lvads) which are pumps that can serve as a bridge while waiting for transplant, or even as a long-term alternative to transplant, especially for older patients. ...Read more
It's complicated: It's hard to answer this in a short way, but, once a heart is harvested (removed from a donor who is certified brain dead or similar), is is then prepared for a transplant into a recipient. The recipient is put on a heart/lung bypass machine and their own heart is removed at the level of the major blood vessels (in most cases) and then sewn into the recipients blood vessels. There's more too... ...Read more
Not today: Using animal organs for transplant, xenotransplantation, is a future consideration once the rejection barrier is better understood and controlled. There is ongoing work using porcine organs placed into primates, since they are close to human in tissue structure. An intriguing possibility is genetically engineering donor animals so that they will be less prone to trigger human immune responses. ...Read more
Not very: Annually there are ~ 2000 adult heart transplants performed in the US and another 1000 throughout the rest if the world. Annually it is estimated that 150, 000 patients due worldwide that would be a candidate for a heart transplant. ...Read more
NICE: Consult the nice website. It is the british national health system committee that rations healthcare in great britain. ...Read more
Need a good reason: Major surgery with serious risks. Organs are in limited supply & you're trading 1 disease for another since post-tx care requires lots of meds & close follow-up to watch for organ rejection, infection or other problems. So we don't do it without a very good reason. Stats are improving--10 yr survival now ~50% & typically provides huge quality of life improvement. Good option if no other options. ...Read more
Please refer to the folloing article on 25 history/summary:
http://www. Benthamscience. Com/open/totransj/articles/v002/13totransj. Pdf. ...Read more
How long is it supposed to it generally take for hearts to become available for heart transplants?
Transplant: Patients often wait a long time to get a heart. People have to die to donate and they generally aren't in any hurry to do so. ...Read more
Not documented: This is a very difficult question to develop a believable, authoritative response that you will believe. The simple answer is no. However, emotions are not that easy to measure or track. Plus, the newly transplanted recipient has many reasons to have altered emotions because of the major experiences that happen. Overall, the transplantation of emotions with the donor's heart is not documented. ...Read more
Transplants: This is in the realm of what's called medical ethics; "what should we do? " that said this is probably one of the most honorable and ethical systems in place. As far as I know. People get the organs that they deserve given their place on the list. This is to my knowledge, there have been exceptions such as mickey mantle who got a liver transplant and that was very controversial. ...Read more
Life changes: A transplant is something of a marriage between you and your transplant docs. In order to avoid losing the organ, frequent doctor visits and careful adjustment of medications are required. The organ is a gift of someone who can't use it themselves, and your responsibility becomes first and foremost to the organ. That said, once you get into the routine, a full new life is possible! ...Read more
What do you advise for heart is diseased and infected so you replace it with a good heart, so why do you live shortly after the transplant?
Heart transplantatio: Heart transplantation requires that the patient be on lifetime anti-rejection medications. These have various side effects including infections, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension and other problems associated with them. It is possible to live a good length of life after transplant but on the average survival time is somewhat less than a normal life span. ...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
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 more
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
Several Steps: 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
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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