What is a Heart Transplant?

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A heart transplant is a surgical procedure where a patient’s ineffective heart is replaced by a donor's heart. It is considered the definitive treatment for advanced heart failure that does not respond satisfactorily to conventional treatments.

In Catalonia, approximately 60 transplants are carried out each year in patients over 18 years of age, and about six in patients under 18.

Before deciding that a patient can receive a heart transplant, the following steps are followed to try to allow the patient to keep their own heart:

Folder with a patient's medical history

A complete medical history and physical exam are performed.

Correct blue and green pharmaceuticals

Medication for heart failure is optimised.

Stent and person having it placed in a coronary artery

Treatments are carried out to improve heart and artery function, as well as address the valves, any blockages, arrhythmia, and so on.

Doctor talking to a patient

Therapeutic education to the patient about the disease so that it improves the habits of life that help to alleviate the symptoms.

Substantiated information by:

Elena Sandoval Martínez
Josefina Casal Rodríguez
Judit Prats
M. Angeles Castel Lavilla

Published: 15 July 2019
Updated: 15 July 2019

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