A heart transplant is the replacement of a person’s diseased or damaged heart with a donor’s healthy heart. The donor is a person who has died and whose family has agreed to donate their loved one’s organs.
In the more than four decades since the performance of the first human heart transplant in 1967, heart transplantation has changed from an experimental operation to an established treatment for advanced heart disease. More than 2,000 heart transplants are performed each year in the U.S. Each year thousands more would benefit from a heart transplant if more donated hearts were available.
Why Are Heart Transplants Performed?
A heart transplant is considered when heart failure is so severe that it does not respond to any other therapy, but the person’s health is otherwise good. The leading reasons why people receive heart transplants are because they have:
● Dilated cardiomyopathy
● Severe coronary artery diseasewith scarred heart tissue from a heart attack
● Birth defects of the heart
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How Long Can a Person Live After a Heart Transplant?
How long you live after a heart transplant depends on many factors, including age, general health, and response to the transplant. Recent figures show that 80% of heart transplant patients live at least two years after surgery. The 10-year survival rate is about 56%. Nearly 85% return to work or other activities they previously enjoyed. Many patients enjoy swimming, cycling, running, or other sports.
Is a Heart Transplant Covered by Insurance?
In most cases, the costs related to a heart transplant are covered by health insurance. More than 80% of commercial insurers and 97% of Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans offer coverage for heart transplants. Medicaid programs in most states and the District of Columbia also reimburse for transplants. Medicare will cover heart transplants in Medicare-eligible patients if the operation is performed at an approved center.
It is important to do your own research and find out if your specific health insurance provider covers this treatment, and if you will be responsible for any costs.
A hair transplant can give you permanent, natural-looking results
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO YOUR HAIR LOSS, YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER A HAIR TRANSPLANT
Today, it’s possible to have natural-looking results thanks to one key advance. Most surgeons now transplant the healthy hairs a few at a time. This eliminates the unnatural doll-like hair that patients saw in the 70s and 80s. Back then, sections of hair called hair plugs were placed in the thinning area. In time, the hair plugs became quite noticeable.
Improvements in creating the hairline and placing the hairs in the thinning areas also help create natural-looking results.