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Can you be denied a heart transplant operation because you are obese?

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Dr. Liviu Klein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Yes

There are many studies showing a poor outcome in obese patients after heart transplant.
Due to these data and donor organ shortage, most us transplant programs will have as an exclusion criteria a body mass index more than 35 or 40 kg/m2.

In brief: Yes

There are many studies showing a poor outcome in obese patients after heart transplant.
Due to these data and donor organ shortage, most us transplant programs will have as an exclusion criteria a body mass index more than 35 or 40 kg/m2.
Dr. Liviu Klein
Dr. Liviu Klein
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Perhaps

Obesity is a risk factor for bad transplant outcomes in general.
It would depend on the degree of obesity, which is often measured using a formula called the body mass index in kg/m2. A bmi > 40 is pretty extreme. You should discuss this with your transplant team. Some centers are more restrictive that others.

In brief: Perhaps

Obesity is a risk factor for bad transplant outcomes in general.
It would depend on the degree of obesity, which is often measured using a formula called the body mass index in kg/m2. A bmi > 40 is pretty extreme. You should discuss this with your transplant team. Some centers are more restrictive that others.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Transplant centers have the right to determine who can be placed on their transplant list.
Age, medical status, weight, social support, financial support, as well as other criteria may be used when evaluating patients. Patients deemed unacceptable at one center have the right to request evaluation at another center where they may be found to be acceptable.

In brief: Yes

Transplant centers have the right to determine who can be placed on their transplant list.
Age, medical status, weight, social support, financial support, as well as other criteria may be used when evaluating patients. Patients deemed unacceptable at one center have the right to request evaluation at another center where they may be found to be acceptable.
Dr. Barry Browne
Dr. Barry Browne
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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Bariatrics

In brief: Yes indeed

We have done weight loss surgery on several patients with end stage heart failure who had to lose weight to get a transplant.
Some got better and didn't need the transplant after dramatic weight loss.

In brief: Yes indeed

We have done weight loss surgery on several patients with end stage heart failure who had to lose weight to get a transplant.
Some got better and didn't need the transplant after dramatic weight loss.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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