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 Can I still have a heart transplant if I have pulmonary hypertension?
- Q How is heart transplant surgery performed?
- Q What happens during a heart transplant?
- Q Who is not eligible for a heart transplant?
- Q How does a heart become available for my transplant?
- Q What happens to people who need a new heart and cannot get one?