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Is there an age limit for heart transplant?

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Dr. Gilbert Perry
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no

Criteria for transplantation, including age, vary by transplant center. Most centers don't have an absolute age cutoff, but instead consider a patient's "physiologic' age.
Having said that, transplants are relatively uncommon in those over 65, due to multiple co-morbidities (other illnesses), increased risk of bad outcomes after transplant in older patients, and limited supply of donor hearts.

In brief: Yes and no

Criteria for transplantation, including age, vary by transplant center. Most centers don't have an absolute age cutoff, but instead consider a patient's "physiologic' age.
Having said that, transplants are relatively uncommon in those over 65, due to multiple co-morbidities (other illnesses), increased risk of bad outcomes after transplant in older patients, and limited supply of donor hearts.
Dr. Gilbert Perry
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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Interesting question since former vice-president Cheney just got a transplant at age 71!
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In brief: Not precisely

Recipient selection involves the overall condition of the patient, not just the chronological age.
About 14% (nearly 400) heart transplants in the us last year were done in recipients over age 65.

In brief: Not precisely

Recipient selection involves the overall condition of the patient, not just the chronological age.
About 14% (nearly 400) heart transplants in the us last year were done in recipients over age 65.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Stephen Cheng
Surgery - Transplant
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In brief: No

Candidacy for organ transplantation is assessed on a case by case basis.
Age is only a general guideline as it's often, but not always, a reflection of the overall physiologic health of a person. A 70 year old with cardiomyopathy and no other medical illness, for example, is a better heart tx candidate than a 50 year old w long standing diabete, peripheral vascular disease & renal failure.

In brief: No

Candidacy for organ transplantation is assessed on a case by case basis.
Age is only a general guideline as it's often, but not always, a reflection of the overall physiologic health of a person. A 70 year old with cardiomyopathy and no other medical illness, for example, is a better heart tx candidate than a 50 year old w long standing diabete, peripheral vascular disease & renal failure.
Dr. Stephen Cheng
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