The age limit for consideration of a cardiac transplant is somewhat controversial. The International Association of Heart and Lung Transplantation now recommends 70 years of age as the upper age limit for heart transplants under most circumstances. Survival rates of individuals over age 65 compared to those between ages 55 and 64 are comparable, but the older recipients had more hospital stays and infections during the first year. They also had a lower incidence of returning to full functioning after the heart transplant. Another consideration is that older individuals are more likely to have other health problems that may limit their lifespan or ability to recover.
- Q How does a heart become available for my transplant?
- Q How can a heart transplant help treat heart failure?
- Q What can reduce the need for heart biopsies after heart transplant?
- Q What is heart transplant surgery like?
- Q How long does it take to receive a heart transplant?
- Q What diagnostic tests are performed in a heart transplant evaluation?