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Overview

What Is a Heart Transplant

Heart transplant surgery is not so different from ordinary open heard surgery. In this transplantation, a healthy heart from a deceased donor replaces the recipient’s dysfunctional heart. During the operation which generally takes 4 to 6 hours, a heart-lung machine is used to take over the functions of the recipient's heart and lungs and the recipient’s family or friends may stay in a waiting room. Right after surgery, they can have a discussion with cardiac surgeons about the outcome.

Who Needs a Heart Transplant?

Heart transplantation is necessary for those whose cardiac function recovery is unlikely with any other treatments.
Indications include the following major heart diseases:
1. End-stage myocardia (dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, etc.)
2. End-stage coronary artery conditions
3. Complicated congenital heart defects
4. Myocardial hypofunction due to severe cardiac valvular diseases
5. Secondary myocardial damage caused by cardiac tumors, drugs, etc.

Hospitalization for Transplantation

If your contact information is changed or you have an abnormal heart condition while waiting for surgery, please contact the Center at anytime. When you receive a notice of transplantation from the Center, first start fasting (namely, stop eating) and come to the Center. As soon as you arrive, follow a hospitalization process (at a hospitalization window of an admin office on the first floor by day or at an admin office in front of ER by night). You should have your national health insurance card and patient card and may bring some personal items you may need.