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Will my child need a heart transplant if she only has a single ventricle?

Will my child need a heart transplant if she only has a single ventricle?

Hopefully not: 350-400 pediatric heart transplants procedures occur worldwide annually. The number of children who have failing cardiac function late after palliative surgery for congenital heart disease is increasing. An example is "failed fontan" - the usual repair for a single ventricle.One of the most common indications for infant heart transplantation is hypoplastic left heart - a single ventricle. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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How do I know if I can get a heart transplant?

How do I know if I can get a heart transplant?

Need an evaluation: You need to be evaluated and approved by a heart transplant center. Ask your cardiologist to refer you to a local center if you were told you have severe heart failure. ...Read more

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How long does a heart transplant take to perform?

How long does a heart transplant take to perform?

Depends...: If this the first cardiac surgery perhaps 4 hours. If previous surgery, lvad, etc. It can take hours longer. ...Read more

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Who many people have had a heart transplant in the united states?

2,333 in 2010: You can check the public united network for organ sharing website at http://optn.Transplant.Hrsa.Gov/. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how long is the average wait for a heart transplant?

I'm curious as to how long is the average wait for a heart transplant?

Transplant wait: The wait is variable depending on your acuity (how sick you are), blood type, body size, your position on the waiting list, and to some extent, where you live. The wait can be days to years but is usually measured at least in several months. The scarcity of donor hearts is one reason alternative strategies such as permanent mechanical devices have great potential. ...Read more

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Why does a high svr signify a negative candidate for heart transplant?

Why does a high svr signify a negative candidate for heart transplant?

Poor response: Elevated svr is peripheral, resistance makes heart work harder and implies peripheral disease. ...Read more

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Are there some good websites for someone soon to get a heart transplant?

Check with UNOS: In the United States go to http://optn.Transplant.Hrsa.Gov/members/search.Asp look for the closest centers to your location and call them for the information you seek. ...Read more

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I was wondering is a heart transplant recipient still the same person at heart?

I was wondering is a heart transplant recipient still the same person at heart?

Great Question!: I would say that to have gone through such an experience, a heart transplant recipient is more than the person they were! It's like layers - they have added something to themselves and this new heart enhances their energy and spirit, and the experience may invigorate their life's passions!! ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy for heart transplant in children?

Unknown: Many children who had heart transplants are entering their second decade of life. Especially those who were infants during their initial transplant. Data is insufficient to discuss long term prognosis. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Callahan
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Single Ventricle (Definition)

The normal heart has two ventricles--left and right not connected to each other.Single ventricle is a form of congenital heart disease where there is only one ...Read more


Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more