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Heart and Lung Transplant (cont.)

Medical Treatment

Once you have received your new heart or lung, you will undergo many different tests at the transplant center.

  • Your blood pressure and lung function will be checked often for signs of organ rejection or side effects of medications.

  • You will be checked for new cancers, which can be related to the immune-suppressing drugs you take to fight rejection. Skin cancers are the most common in transplant individuals.

  • You will learn about healthy lifestyle choices to reduce your risk of future heart and lung disease.

  • Blood tests will be done to monitor for medication complications, signs of infection, or rejection.

  • You will undergo repeated cardiac biopsies and cardiac catheterizations to monitor for early signs of rejection and blocked coronary arteries

  • Lung recipients will undergo lung function tests and bronchoscopy to monitor lung function and signs of rejection.

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Heart-Lung Transplantation »

Cardiopulmonary transplantation (heart and lung transplantation) is the simultaneous surgical replacement of the heart and lungs in patients with end-stage cardiac and pulmonary disease.

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