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Is heart transplant possible if a has cardiomegaly and lungs filled with water? (a had 2 heart attacks before 2 years)

Maybe. Transplant is a potential treatment for one who has severe heart failure, or arrhythmias, that haven't responded to other medical therapy. There are a number of situations that rule out transplant including other ills, old age, so whether a given person with bad heart disease is a candidate needs to be discussed with the patients heart doctors. There are many factors to consider. Read more...
Possibly. There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right candidates for heart transplant. What you appear to be describing is heart failure causing pulmonary edema (fluid in lungs) that may in part be due to heart attacks from blocked arteries. These are potential reasons for transplant. But this has to be evaluated by a transplant team. There are many factors to consider. Read more...

My mom (56) had 2 attacks in 2 yrs. Then she died due to cardiomegaly&lungs with fluid&shortness breath. Was heart transplant possible? We r dipressed.

Heart transplant. So sorry to hear about your mother! it is possible she had heart failure that could have been helped by transplant. Perhaps her doctors felt she was too ill or had too many other issues to undergo such a massive procedure. Usually medications are the first step followed by assist devices as a potential bridge to transplant. Hard to know where she fit on that path. Sorry she didn't do well. Read more...
Possibly. The evaluation for a heart transplant requires multiple factors to be reviewed and for the potential candidate to be capable of of both the transplantation and the long- term follow-up. Unfortunately, not all people are candidates for a variety of reasons. Read more...
Sorry for your loss. Candidacy for heart transplantation is affected by medical and psychosocial factors. There is an extensive evaluation prior to being listed. Can't answer your question directly without more information. A continuing problem with transplantation is the limited availability of appropriate organs. Read more...

What do you advise if I'm worried about enlarged heart and heart transplant?

Heart enlargement. You should see a heart failure cardiologist who can best asses what's going on with your heart and what the best treatment strategy should be. Heart transplantation is possible as a last step therapy. . Read more...

What do you advise if I'm worried about my enlarged heart and heart transplant?

Heart status. You should talk with your doctor and explain your concerns, worries and lack of understanding and ask the Dr. to explain things so you understand them. Read more...

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...
Medicines. The effects are usually good. But the adverse effects are usually due ti the immunosuppressive drugs. Read more...

What were the outcomes of heart transplant?

Heart transplant. Cardiac transplant survival is increasing especially in centers that have a very active heart transplant program. The anti-rejection medications have improved, so people are living years more than they would have if they did not have transplant. This procedure is for end-stage heart failure with a poor short term survival predicted. Read more...
Good. Overall about 70% 5 year survival. 2 year survival about 80%. Of the ones that survive 5 yrs about half survive to 10yrs. Read more...

What are disadvantages of a heart transplant?

Immunosuppression. Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of heart transplantation is the requirement for immunosuppression and the yearly surveillance with right heart catheterization and biopsies. However, when a patient qualifies for the transplant, their need for it outweighs the above mentioned disadvantages. 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...

What are the advantages of a heart transplant?

Living. Most patients are not transplanted unless they fail all traditional therapeutic options. They have little hope of any long term survival. Left ventricular assist devices are being used as a bridge but without a transplant pts have a very poor long term outlook. Read more...
Many. A human heart provides the best replacement for a diseased heart in terms of function. It can also be placed in the chest in the same location as the diseased heart which is removed. Human heart recipients can often exercise and function nearly the same as age equivalent people with their own heart. There are no artificial tubes or external connections required. Read more...

What are the benefits of having a heart transplant?

Living. Are transplant is something offered only to patients at imminent risk of death. As such, if these patients do not receive either a transplant or left ventricle or assist device, they are not long for this world. A transplant is, in today's world, the best long-term option for a normal quality of life, though the assist devices continue to get better each and every year. 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...