Who is considered a fit candidate for a heart transplant?

People with advanced heart failure, that are otherwise healthy, are considered a good candidate for this procedure.

To be a viable candidate for this surgery, you must go through all the procedures and tests that can confirm your ability to survive the surgery.

These are some of the requirements you should consider to determine if heart transplantation is right for you:

  • You have advanced (end-stage) heart failure
  • You are in generally good health
  • You have tried or excluded all other therapies and treatment options 
  • You can adhere to the lifestyle changes required after a transplant (complex drug treatments and frequent exams)

If you have additional medical problems, such as active infections, other severe diseases, or severe obesity, you most likely will not be considered a candidate for transplant.

The final decision is taken by the transplant team as it has thorough experience with heart transplantation and extensive knowledge of the treatment of patients with advanced heart failure.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/

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