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Microsoft Word - 3_Getting a New Heart_ FINAL.doc Release Date March 22, 2002 Revised December 2006 Revised March 2012 Getting A New Heart Facts About Heart Transplants American Society of Transplantation 15000 Commerce Parkway Suite C Mount Laurel, NJ 08054 Phone: 856-439-9986 Fax: 856-439-9982 E-mail: [email protected] The information presented and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Society. ________________________________________________________ When you have a heart transplant, there is a lot to do before and after the operation. Before the operation, you will work with the transplant team to complete an evaluation. After the operation, you will need to see your transplant team to make sure your heart keeps working well and you stay in good health. How long a new heart lasts depends on many factors. Some of these factors you can control. Some you cannot control. You will work together with the transplant team to keep you and your new heart healthy. 21 What is Heart Failure and What Causes it? There are two main reasons for heart problems. o One is caused by plaque building up in the arteries of the heart. This is called coronary artery disease. o The other is caused by disease of the heart muscle. This condition is called idiopathic cardiomyopathy. We do not know what causes it. In both cases, as the heart grows weaker, it is less able to pump oxygen-rich blood through the body. As it tries harder to pump blood, it grows larger. We call this an enlarged heart. After a while, the enlarged heart has to work so hard that it just wears out. Soon it cannot pump even the smallest amount of blood. A weak, enlarged heart can cause you to feel short of breath and tired, even when you are quiet, such as when resting or at ni

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