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    [Heart transplant, what success rate ?]

    Author: Giovanni Battaglia (---.dialup.tiscali.it)

    Date: 08-25-02 13:31

    Dear Lisa,

    given that myectomy and alcohol ablation are only indicated in case of obstruction, as you said in another thread, and that a heart transplant has already been suggested for my 4 month son, would you please tell me what should I expect in case it be actually performed ? What's the success rate, the risks involved in the operation ? What about the long-term outlook ? Is life after the transplant really a constant fight against rejection ? In that case, what's the use of a heart transplant if lifestyle is so heavily influenced ?


    Giovanni Battaglia

    Rome (Italy)


    [Re: Heart transplant, what success rate ?]

    Author: Sarah B--Board Moderator (---.client.attbi.com)

    Date: 08-25-02 14:51

    Dear Giovanni,

    So many of your questions need to be put to the doctors as every one is different and their overall health and circumstances vary so much.

    I've found several web sites that should help answer the lifestyle question and provide general answers and support groups:





    I hope these help.



    [Re: Heart transplant, what success rate ?]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 08-25-02 15:04

    In terms of transplant it will depend a great deal on many factors if one were to attempt to estimate risks and mortality:

    Where the transplant is done is a major factor.

    Other health issues.

    Quality of the match of the new heart.


    Survival rates do vary from country to country so it is hard to tell from the US to Italy what if any differences there are in mortality.

    I still must wonder if a transplant is the only option. Have you consulted with anyone else in Italy? or are you interested in traveling to the US or UK for a 2nd opinion?

    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.