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How successful are heart transplants in children?

Infants and children who undergo heart transplantation experience good outcomes after surgery. They can expect to live beyond 15 years post-surgery with reasonable cardiac function.

Researchers studied the survival rates of children who lived beyond 15 years of a heart transplant in order to learn more about their quality of life and factors that led to improved survival.

More than half (54.3%) of the children in the study group survived at least 15 years past surgery. Of those 15-year survivors, 82.5% (151) showed good heart function at their most recent follow-up. Their average ejection fraction was 62%, meaning that 62% of the blood in the left ventricle was pushed out with each heartbeat. A normal ejection fraction is between 55% and 70%.

The study demonstrates that children with heart transplants who live more than 15 years post-surgery can expect to have reasonable cardiac function and quality of life.

Putting it in perspective, the average adult survival rate following heart transplantation is 10 years. 

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