Patient's Guide to Heart Transplant Surgery
Facts About Heart Transplants
The first truth is that the heart transplant involves more than just having an operation. A large portion of the care associated with the transplant comes before and after the surgery.
The second truth is that a lot depends on you. You will need to work closely with the transplant team to keep your new heart healthy. How long a new heart lasts depends on many factors--some you can control and others you cannot.
Before the transplant, you will need to work with the transplant team to speed your evaluation. After the transplant, you will need to keep in contact with your transplant team to help maintain lung function and ensure your good health.
A heart transplant is a partnership between the transplant center and you to keep you and your heart healthy.
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