Heart and Lung Transplant (cont.)
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.
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD