How will a transplant affect my life? A successful heart transplant will bring dramatic improvement in the symptoms of heart disease. Many of the transplant patients are able to perform the same level of physical activities as those performed by people without transplants. However, a recipient of a new heart has to take medications and be under close medical supervision for the rest of his life.
How long can a person live after heart transplantation? Many factors, including age, general health conditions and response to the heart transplant determine life expectancy post-transplant. Heart failure is a life-threatening disease, and taking into consideration all the potential problems, the results of transplantation look remarkably good. One year mortality rate of patients with severe dysfunction of the heart is 80% which means 80% of such patients die within a year. After a heart transplant, the one-year survival increases to an average of about 85% - 90%. Likewise, five-year survival of patients without heart transplant is less than 50% which increases to average about 50% - 60% after a heart transplant. Nearly 85% of these patients return to an active life, and many of them continue to enjoy cycling, swimming, running and various other sports.
How long will it take for me to get a transplant? Unfortunately, how long a patient has to wait for a suitable donor is unpredictable. Depending on several factors such as urgency for the transplantation, the size of the heart and also the blood type, the waiting period may vary from several days, in case a heart is required urgently to months and may extend up to years.
How are Status 1A, Status 1B and Status 2 patients different?
* The top priority patients are put on Status 1A and include patients who are either in intensive care units or are receiving advanced life-support therapies.
* Status 1B patients are next on the priority list. Special intravenous medications known as inotropes are required by these patients in order for their hearts to function adequately while they wait for a donor's heart. Depending on the severity of their medical conditions, the patients can either wait in the hospital or at their homes.
* Status 2 patients do not require any intravenous medications and can wait for a donor's heart at their homes. These patients receive a new heart only when there is no suitable Status 1A or Status 1B recipients.
What happens in the event that my heart condition worsens while I wait for a donor's heart? Candidates waiting for a donor's heart are under constant medical supervision by the members of the transplant team. Medical treatment is adjusted according to requirement. Patients are hospitalized or given intravenous drugs to support them if required during the waiting period. Mechanical circulatory support devices may be necessary occasionally.
How soon will I able to return to work and to normal life? The appropriate time to go back to work would depend on how you are feeling post surgery and what type of work you will be returning to. You will need to consult your cardiologist about this after your incision heals and you are feeling well. Generally, most of the heart transplant people return to work within six months of their surgery.
Transplant Cost aims to become the preferred health care partner, for every patient in need of an organ transplant. We want to incorporate a system that provides patients with an easy and smooth access to the best medical services at nominal prices and help them lead a normal life.