A heart transplant is a surgery in which a deteriorating, ailing heart is reinstated with a healthier, donor heart. Heart transplant is a treatment that is typically reserved for individuals who have tried medications or other surgeries, but have not seen any major improvement. While a heart transplant is a major surgery, chances of survival is high, with periodic follow-up care. Not every person is an eligible contender for heart transplant and a wide range of information has to be collated if a person is eligible for transplant which includes the evaluation process which is carried out by a transplant team. The panel includes a transplant surgeon, a transplant cardiologist (doctor specializing in the treatment of the heart) and physician assistants. Other team members may include a dietician and an anaesthesiologist.
Removes a diseased heart and replaces it with a healthy human heart when a heart is irreversibly damaged. Uses heart from organ donation.
- Dilated Cardiomyopathy
- Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
- Congenital heart disease for which no conventional therapy exists or for which conventional therapy has failed
- Ejection fraction less than 20%
- Intractable angina or malignant cardiac arrhythmias for which conventional therapy has been exhausted
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