A heart transplant is a medical surgical procedure done to people with the final stage of heart failure or with severe coronary artery disease and this is only done when all other means of treatment failed. The procedure involves medically removing a still-pumping heart from the cadaver of a recently deceased organ donor and implants it to the patient. Take note this medical procedure is not a cure but a treatment to save a life and improve the quality of life of the recipient.
A heart transplant may be done to treat, severe heart damage, heart failure, life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms that do not respond to other treatments. But then again professional diagnosis is needed to determine whether a heart transplant is an answer or not.
Looking for a donor’s heart can be difficult to find. It is a must that the donor must be brain-dead and that the heart is still functioning on life support. Additionally, the donor heart should match the receiver’s tissue type; this is to reduce the chance of the receiver’s body to reject the new heart.
The procedure involves putting you to sleep. With general anesthesia, a cut is made through the breastbone. While your blood is directed to flow on a heart-lung bypass machine, the surgeon works on your heart. The heart-lung machine does the work of your heart and lungs while they are stopped for the medical procedure. The next step is your heart is removed and the donor’s heart is stitched into place. The machine is then disconnected. The blood is then allowed to flow through the transplanted heart which takes over supplying your body with blood and oxygen. For the next several days, tubes will be inserted into your chest to drain air, fluid, and blood out and to allow the lungs to fully re-expand.
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If you think you need to undergo this procedure, then you can apply for SSDI and SSI benefits. According to SSA, a heart transplant is one of the criteria to qualify a person for health benefits.