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What is a heart transplant?

Patients with end-stage heart failure who do not respond to medical treatment may be candidates for heart transplants. In heart transplant surgery, a patient's diseased heart is removed and replaced with a healthy, donated human heart.

Every year, heart transplant surgery remains limited to the most severe cases. This is due, in part, to a shortage of donor hearts, which must pass through a stringent screening process.

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what stops my immune system from rejecting my new heart ?
Columbia University Department of SurgeryColumbia University Department of Surgery
After your heart transplant, you will be taking immunosuppressant, or anti-rejection, medications fo...
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how successful are heart transplants in children ?
The Society of Thoracic SurgeonsThe Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Infants and children who undergo heart transplantation experience good outcomes after surgery. They ...
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what happens during a heart transplant ?
Columbia University Department of SurgeryColumbia University Department of Surgery
You will be laying on your back on the operating table; your arms will be placed at your sides, padd...
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what support will i need during my heart transplant process ?
Columbia University Department of SurgeryColumbia University Department of Surgery
No matter where you are in the transplant process, you will not have to face your concerns alone. So...
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