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Heart transplant

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Introduction
A heart transplant is an operation to replace a damaged heart with a healthy human heart from a donor who has recently died.
How to prepare for a heart transplant
If a heart transplant is thought to be an option for you, you will be referred for an assessment.
How a heart transplant is performed
A heart transplant normally takes between 3 and 5hours. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you will be put to sleep.
Risks of a heart transplant
Risks of a heart transplant includes rejection, infection and the donor heart not working properly
Recovering from a heart transplant
After surgery, you will be moved to the intensive care unit. You will be under sedation and will be connected to a ventilator to help your breathing
'I returned to work as a gardener 13 weeks after the transplant'
In 1998, Andy Cook was told he had just two days to live, but when a donor heart became available, a transplant saved his life.