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Are there additional risks to having an artificial heart over a natural heart?
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
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In brief: Blood clots can form
All artificial surfaces are more likely to cause blood to clot than the natural lining (called endothelium) of blood vessels or the heart.
If a clot forms in the heart, a piece may break off + travel to the brain, causing a stroke. To prevent clotting, blood thinners are used with an artificial heart, + there is risk of bleeding. Natural is always better than artificial, if there is a choice.

In brief: Blood clots can form
All artificial surfaces are more likely to cause blood to clot than the natural lining (called endothelium) of blood vessels or the heart.
If a clot forms in the heart, a piece may break off + travel to the brain, causing a stroke. To prevent clotting, blood thinners are used with an artificial heart, + there is risk of bleeding. Natural is always better than artificial, if there is a choice.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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In brief: Yes
An artificial heart is often associated with a high blood transfusion requirement and possible sensitization to hla antigens.

In brief: Yes
An artificial heart is often associated with a high blood transfusion requirement and possible sensitization to hla antigens.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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