How do you qualify for a heart transplant?
Criteria for a Heart Transplant Candidate Are younger than 69 years old. Have been diagnosed with an end-stage heart disease like cardiomyopathy or coronary artery disease. Have been given a prognosis that suggests you have a risk of mortality within the next year if a heart transplant is not performed.
At what point do you need a heart transplant?
A heart transplant may be considered if: you have significant heart failure, where the heart is having trouble pumping enough blood around the body (usually the result of coronary heart disease, cardiomyopathy or congenital heart disease) you have severe symptoms, despite medical treatment.
What happens if you don’t get a heart transplant?
In rare cases, heart transplant rejection can cause complications such as: Failure of the new donor heart. Heart rhythms problems. Some of these can cause sudden death.
How long is the waiting list for a heart transplant?
How long is the waiting list? Unfortunately, the waiting times for heart transplants are long – often more than six months. Each patient on our waiting list returns for an outpatient visit to our transplant clinic every two to three months, or more frequently if necessary.
Who Cannot get a heart transplant?
Inoperable heart valve disease with congestive heart failure. Severe congenital heart disease with no other surgical options. Life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms that do not respond to other therapy. Less than one-year estimated life expectancy without transplant.
What is the average age for a heart transplant patient?
The median age of heart transplant recipients in the oldest cohort was 71 years old and the maximum age was 79 years old.
How can I improve my low ejection fraction?
For some people with heart failure and a low ejection fraction, medications such as ACE inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers can improve or stabilize the ejection fraction. Exercise can also help by strengthening muscles in the arms and legs.
What is the normal heart ejection fraction?
A normal heart’s ejection fraction may be between 50% and 70%. You can have a normal ejection fraction reading and still have heart failure (called HFpEF or heart failure with preserved ejection fraction).
What causes a low ejection fraction?
A very low ejection fraction may be caused by an acute event (namely a heart attack) or by a chronic situation (“congestive” or chronic heart failure).
Can you improve ejection fraction?
If you have been prescribed medications for heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure or another underlying cause, taking your prescribed medication may also improve your ejection fraction. Over time, as the medications are working, your heart may be able to recover, strengthen and perform better.