Our heart transplant program is backed by state-of-the-art technology, cutting-edge medical interventions, and the wisdom of more than two decades of cardiac care experience. We have performed many path-breaking heart transplant surgeries.
What is Heart Transplant?
A heart transplant is an operation in which a failing, diseased heart is replaced with a healthier, donor heart. A heart transplant is a treatment that is usually reserved for people who have tried medications or other surgeries, but whose conditions haven’t improved sufficiently.
While a heart transplant is a major operation, your chance of survival is good, with appropriate follow-up care. When faced with a decision about having a heart transplant, know what to expect of the heart transplant process, the surgery itself, potential risks, and follow-up care.
Why is a Heart Transplant Done?
A heart transplant may be done to treat:
Severe heart damage after a heart attack
Severe heart failure, when medicines, other treatments, and surgery no longer help
Severe heart defects that were present at birth and can’t be fixed with surgery
Life-threatening abnormal heartbeats or rhythms that do not respond to other treatments
Factors that determine the candidacy for Heart Transplant
1. Age: Most prospective heart recipients must be under 65 years old.
2. Health: If a patient has had other life-threatening health issues like multiple organ failure, cancer, or other serious medical conditions may take off a transplant list.
3. Attitude: The patient must commit to changing their lifestyle. This includes exercising, eating healthy, and quitting smoking if you smoke.
What Is Recovery Like?
Recovery from a heart transplant can be a long process, spanning up to six months for many people. After the first day or two after the procedure, you’ll most likely be moved from the ICU. However, you’ll remain in the hospital as you continue to heal. Hospital stays range from one to three weeks, based on your individual recovery rate. During your stay in the hospital, You’ll be monitored for infection, and your medication management will begin. Anti-rejection medications are crucial to ensure that your body doesn’t reject your donor organ.
Receiving a new heart can considerably improve the quality of life, but it depends on the patient to take good care of it. A heart-healthy diet and lifestyle as prescribed by your doctor along with the anti-rejection medicines should be strictly followed. This includes not smoking and exercising on a regular basis if you’re able.
Survival rates for people who’ve had a heart transplant vary according to their overall health status, but averages remain high. Rejection is the main cause of a shortened life span.
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