When to Consider a Heart Transplant

When a person with heart disease has tried all medical therapies and no other surgical procedures will correct the underlying disease, they have entered what is called end-stage heart disease. At this point, a heart transplant becomes an important treatment option. If you have advanced heart failure, and are taking the maximum amount of medication therapy that can be prescribed, you may be a candidate for a heart transplant.

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Heart transplant candidates must be in otherwise good health and free of other serious medical illness. You should also be psychologically stable and be willing to comply completely with the rigorous post-transplant medical regimens that will be needed.

    Consult your physician to determine whether a heart transplant would be the right choice for you. The next step would be to begin the transplantation evaluation process.

    
    

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