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Why is it important to watch my weight after a heart transplant?

To give your new heart the best advantage in restoring your health after a heart transplant, keeping your weight at an optimum and steady level is very important. Excess weight increases the work your heart must do to pump your blood to all the cells of your body. Excess weight will also cause stress on your joints and lead to pain; it also stresses your bones, making them more prone to breaking.

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