Heart and Lung Transplant (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care after a Heart-Lung Transplant
If your physical condition worsens in any way, or you develop new symptoms, you need to be evaluated immediately at a hospital emergency department.
Exams and Tests for Heart-Lung Transplant
A number of factors help your health care provider determine whether you need a heart transplant and whether you are a candidate for the operation.
Before a transplant operation, attempts will be made to improve your medical condition with lifestyle changes and medical treatment.
Blood types as well as heart/lung size will be matched with the donor heart or lung, that is a larger person must have a larger heart, not a small heart from a small person. Almost every organ system in the body will be evaluated to ensure that they will not affect the transplant.
Heart and Lung Transplant Treatment
Generally, you are eligible for transplantation only if your daily functioning is severely impaired by your heart or lung condition, and medical treatment and lifestyle changes have not helped in improving your condition.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/29/2016
Shabir Bhimji, MD
Michael B McDonnell, MD
William K Mallon, MD
Kathryn L Hale, MS, PA-C
Alan D Forker, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Jonathan Adler, MD
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