What you want to know about Heart Transplant

Heart Transplant is required when the heart is failing so severe that it cant respond to other treatments. But the person’s overall health condition is good.

When a person is suffering from the following condition he may require a new heart to Survive.  Read the other post here to keep the heart healthy.

  1. Dilated Cardiac Myopathy
  2. Coronary Artery Disease, due to the scar created by previous heart attacks
  3. Birth defects of the heart.

But for other conditions also heart transplant is carried out. The candidates for whom the conventional medical therapy has not helped and the heart transplant are estimated to have less than one year to live.  The other types of candidates are whom requiring other surgical options and excluded because of the poor condition of the heart.

Specialists performing heart transplant procedure use innovative techniques with excellent results. Surgeons also perform multiorgan transplant procedures in children. Doctors trained in many areas work together as a team carry out the surgery to treat people who need heart transplants.

Heart transplantation is a relatively simple operation for a cardiac surgeon among other cardiac surgeries. Heart transplantation procedure consists of three operations.

The first operation is harvesting the heart from the donor. The donor of the heart is usually from a person suffered irreversible brain injury, called “brain death”. The victim’s organs, other than the brain, are working well with the help of medications and other “life support”. They will also be attached to a respirator or other devices. Once the brain death of the donor is determined A team of physicians, nurses, and technicians harvest donated organs. The removed heart to be transplanted will be transported on a special box and kept alive until the heart can be implanted.  The harvested heart can live up to 6 hours and hence the transportation of organ to the recipient’s place is very crucial.

The second operation is the procedure of removing the recipient’s damaged heart. Removing the damaged heart can be easy or difficult, depending on whether the recipient has had previous heart surgery. If there has been previous surgery, cutting through the scar tissue may prolong the removal of the heart.

The third operation is probably the easiest. The donor’s heart is implanted to the recipient. Lately, this operation basically involves the creation of lines of stitches (Usually only five stitches), or “anastomosis”. These suture lines connect the large blood vessels entering and leaving the heart. Remarkably, if there are no such complications, most patients who have had a heart transplant are home about one week after the surgery. The Organ transplantation would not be possible without the generosity of donors and their families.

Who are the candidates for Heart Transplant?

  • There are not enough donor hearts available for everyone who may need a heart transplant. Hence, there is a careful selection process. This is to ensure that hearts are distributed to the most deserving patient who will benefit most.
  • The heart is just a pump to circulate blood throughout the body, although a complicated pump. Most patients require a heart transplant as their hearts are weak. Moreover, their heart can no longer pump well enough to supply blood with oxygen and nutrients to the organs of the body. A smaller number of patients have a good pump, but a bad “electrical conduction system” of the heart. This electrical system determines the rate, rhythm, and sequence of contraction of the heart muscle. There are all kinds of problems that can occur with the conduction system, including complete interruption of cardiac function causing sudden cardiac death.
  • In India, Heart Transplant Cost would range between 50kto 100k.
  • CMT helps you from initial evaluation and consultation with doctors throughout the, explaining the process and the statutory requirements and other important timelines.

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World Heart Day – 29 Sept 2017

World Heart Day is celebrated on 29 September each year.  Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is accountable for nearly half of all NCD Mortalities making it the world’s number one killer. World Heart Day is, therefore, the perfect platform for the CVD community to unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of death and disability in the world today: over 17.5 million people die from cardiovascular disease every year.

Any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease of the blood vessel constitutes a cardiovascular disease. The most prevalent cardiovascular diseases include

  • Coronary heart disease (e.g. heart attack)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (e.g. stroke).

Controlling key risk factors such as diet, physical activity, tobacco use, and blood pressure may reduce the risk for CVD.

Most of the major cardiovascular disease risk factors can be controlled. Here are a few tips on how to control those risk factors and protect your heart:

Get active

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Eat healthily

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Maintain a healthy weight

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Know your numbers

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Know the warning signs

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Carefully take your medication

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Keep your blood pressure under check

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a preventable and controllable condition. Uncontrolled Hypertension has direct effect on Left Ventricle Hypertrophy  (LVH) and can lead to stroke.

To know more about Hypertension click on the link

What are the Warning signs of Heart Attack?

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light headedness.

Diabetic Patients may not experience many of the above symptoms

Heart attacks often manifest themselves differently in women than in men. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Diabetic Patients may not experience many of the above symptoms.

What are the Warning signs of Stroke ?

A stroke is a medical emergency.  If any of these symptoms appear, don’t delay – get medical help immediately!

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If experiencing any of these signs, which could come and go, call emergency services/ambulance immediately.

If there is no emergency response number, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Learn how cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) pumps oxygenated blood through the body and can help save the life of someone who is unconscious from a sudden cardiac arrest. Also watch video below  on how to perform CPR.


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Disclaimer: The blog’s posting in warning signs, symptoms and guidelines are only for reference and cannot be taken as recommendations and that CMT is not responsible and people must always refer to Doctor and should not depend on CMT blog for medical solutions.