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This is surgery to remove a severely diseased and failing heart. It is replaced with a healthy heart from a deceased donor.
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A heart transplant is done if you have:
- End stage heart disease that is life-threatening and cannot be fixed (but you are in otherwise good health)—This is most often due to cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle) with severe congestive heart failure.
- Severe coronary artery disease that cannot be fixed with medicine or other surgeries
- Congenital heart defects
- Valvular defects making it too hard for the heart to pump blood through the body
- Uncontrollable life-threatening irregular heart rhythms
If you are planning to have a heart transplant, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Rejection of the new heart
- Coronary artery disease (50% of all heart-transplant recipients develop coronary artery disease)
- Blood clots
- Decreased brain function
- Damage to other body organs, like the kidneys
- Irregular heart rate
- Anesthesia-related problems
- Infection or cancer related to taking immunosuppressive medicines
More than 80% of heart transplant patients live for at least one year after surgery. Most return to normal activities, including work and exercise.
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Age: 60 or older ...