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Underlying Problem Requiring a Heart Transplant
A heart transplant is a lifesaving surgery that is performed when a patient has a severely damaged heart. Sometimes it is done in conjunction with a lung transplant. The patient is usually only eligible for a heart transplant when he or she has reached end-stage heart disease and all other medical approaches to treat it have failed. Additionally, the patient must be stable enough to undergo a major surgery. Whether the recipient is suffering from coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, or some other condition, a heart transplant can save his or her life.

Treatment:

The heart transplant is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The chest is opened, and the ribcage must be split by cutting the sternum. The patient's blood flow is diverted to a "heart and lung" machine that pumps and oxygenates the blood so that surgeons can perform the operation. The diseased heart is then removed, although some tissue may be left behind as a support mechanism for the donor heart.

The donor heart is placed in the chest and is actually sewn into place. The blood vessels that were severed to remove the old heart are attached to the new one. The blood is then diverted away from the heart and lung machine and into the new organ. One of the first signs of a successful heart transplant comes when the warm blood stimulates the donor heart to start beating on its own. If this does not happen, however, it is possible for doctors to defibrillate the heart to stimulate it into beating. When this is done, the heart and lung machine will be removed, and the incisions will be sewn up.

Recovery from a Heart Transplant:

Recovery from a surgery as major as a heart transplant is a lengthy process. In addition to making sure the new organ works, doctors must also do their best to keep the recipient's body from rejecting it. For this reason, patients need to take anti-rejections medicines in addition to those used to manage pain and to treat any other underlying problems stemming from the heart disease. It is possible that the anti-rejection medicine will be a lifelong regimen.

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