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A heart transplant is a surgical procedure to replace a diseased, failing heart with a healthy heart that has been secured from a deceased donor. This surgery is required for patients who suffer from end-stage heart failure and have tried all other treatments. A heart transplant is a very complex surgery and requires to be undertaken by the most experienced of surgeons. At CARE Hospitals, our panel of heart transplant surgeons has had extensive training and experience and has undertaken numerous successful surgeries.
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To ascertain if you are a good candidate for heart transplant, the panel of doctors at the hospital may evaluate you based on the following parameters:
A number of physical and psychological tests are conducted. If you are deemed to be a good candidate, you are put on a patient waiting list till a viable donor heart is available. Once it is available, you need to be ready for hospital admission and the surgeon must know about your medical history, well before the procedure.
Heart transplant patients require a lot of post-operative care. They need to be monitored for organ rejection and are put on immunosuppressant medication. It is also possible that the doctors may need to regularly conduct biopsy on the transplanted heart tissue to check for signs of rejection. This is done through a catheter which is inserted through a vein connected to the heart.
Monitoring for rejection and transplanted organ damage are the most important aspects of post-operative care. Immunosuppressants are adjusted which makes it important for the patient to remain in a clean, hygienic, and infection-free atmosphere in the days following the surgery.
Heart transplant is now a procedure undertaken routinely at CARE Hospitals. Our surgeons are experts at rehabilitative care and use the latest technology to minimise the length of the hospital stay.
CARE Hospitals is recognized as the most advanced, all-round cardiac care center in the country, powered by cross-functional teams comprising of round-the-clock available cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, critical care and emergency medicine specialists. The founding team of CARE Hospitals comprise of medical innovators and pioneers who are passionately driven to make healthcare affordable for all, while ensuring clinical outcomes at par with international standards.
If you have reached a stage of advanced heart failure where your heart is no longer able to pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs, your doctor may recommend LVAD (left ventricular assist device) implant surgery. Today’s LVADs are used in three different ways:
If your doctor has recommended an LVAD for you, you may find it reassuring to know that there are thousands of people around the world with LVADs living active, productive lives. They are spending time with friends and family and doing the things they love.
An LVAD is a surgically implanted mechanical pump that is attached to the heart. An LVAD is different from an artificial heart. An artificial heart replaces the failing heart completely whereas an LVAD works with the heart to help it pump more blood with less work. It does this by continuously taking blood from the left ventricle and moving it to the aorta, which then delivers oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.
The LVAD has both internal and external components. The actual pump sits on or next to your heart’s left ventricle with a tube attached that routes the blood to your aorta. A cable called driveline extends from the pump, out through the skin, and connects the pump to a controller and power sources worn outside the body.
The driveline must be connected to the controller, and the controller must be connected to power at all times to keep the pump working properly. The pump is powered by batteries or electricity. Some LVADs have an adaptor that also allows them to run off the car battery. Each device has specific carrying cases to allow you to move about freely with your equipment.
There are several different LVAD models available today. Each has unique engineering characteristics and different external equipment, but they all serve the same function. Today’s LVADs are quite different from earlier models, which were larger, noisier and less durable, with bulkier power sources. Some newer LVADs are currently undergoing approval in the U.S. Most have already been approved in Europe, where the approval process tends to take less time.
As LVAD technology continues to improve, so does the quality and quantity of life for LVAD patients: today’s LVAD patients. Today's LVAD patients have at least an 85% one-year survival rate* and can enjoy fulfilling lives and in many cases even return to work. By contrast, advanced heart failure with medical therapy alone is known to have a 25–50% one-year survival rate.