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Mom has 5% heart function and dr says she doesn't need a heart transplant? She has 13 stints, defib., cad, chf, and COPD and she's only 45.

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Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: 5% heart function

If all major arteries are open and there is no lack of blood supply then transplant is the answer. A repeat evaluation of ejection fraction will help.
An ef of 5% is usually not consistent with life. I have seen many people with 15 % function improve to 40 % after cabg. All individual situations are unique and need direct input from a cardiologist and a surgeon.

In brief: 5% heart function

If all major arteries are open and there is no lack of blood supply then transplant is the answer. A repeat evaluation of ejection fraction will help.
An ef of 5% is usually not consistent with life. I have seen many people with 15 % function improve to 40 % after cabg. All individual situations are unique and need direct input from a cardiologist and a surgeon.
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
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Dr. Larry Maturani
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Get second opinion

Mom needs to be referred to a transplant center. She must not be a smoker else she will not be a candidate.
She will have to get special blood work. With her copd, this is an added risk for any surgery. Having said this, get second opinion from a well recognized transplant center.

In brief: Get second opinion

Mom needs to be referred to a transplant center. She must not be a smoker else she will not be a candidate.
She will have to get special blood work. With her copd, this is an added risk for any surgery. Having said this, get second opinion from a well recognized transplant center.
Dr. Larry Maturani
Dr. Larry Maturani
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