Heart Transplant

What is a Heart Transplant?

A heart transplant involves the surgical removal of a recipient's failing heart and its replacement with a donor heart. The donor heart is typically obtained from a deceased organ donor who has consented to organ donation.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically lasts several hours. After the transplant, the recipient's body is carefully monitored to ensure the new heart functions properly and to prevent rejection.

Who Needs a Heart Transplant?

Heart transplantation is reserved for individuals with end-stage heart disease that cannot be effectively managed with other treatments. Common conditions that may necessitate a heart transplant include

1. Cardiomyopathy: Severe weakening of the heart muscle, often due to genetic factors, infections, or other unknown causes.

Severe Coronary Artery Disease: When multiple blood vessels supplying the heart become severely blocked, reducing blood flow and causing irreversible damage.

3. Congenital Heart Defects: Some individuals with complex congenital heart defects may require a transplant when other treatments are no longer effective.

Heart Failure: Advanced heart failure that doesn't respond to medications, mechanical support devices (such as ventricular assist devices), or other interventions.

Benefits of a Heart Transplant

1. Extended Life: A successful heart transplant can significantly extend a recipient's life, allowing them to return to a more active and healthy lifestyle.

2. Improved Quality of Life: Recipients often experience a dramatic improvement in their quality of life, with the ability to engage in activities they were unable to before.

3. Symptom Relief: Many symptoms associated with end-stage heart disease, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain, are alleviated following a transplant.

4. Reduced Risk of Complications: Heart transplant recipients can experience a reduced risk of heart-related complications, such as recurrent heart attacks or heart failure exacerbations.

Dr. J.P.S. Sawhney specializes in advanced cardiac care, including heart transplantation. If you or a loved one is facing end-stage heart disease and may be a candidate for a heart transplant, we are here to provide expert guidance and support. Your health and well-being are our top priorities, and Dr. Sawhney is dedicated to offering the best possible care to provide you with a second chance at life through heart transplantation. Don't hesitate to reach out for consultation and personalized treatment options. We are here to support you on your journey to better heart health.