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Cardiac transplantation 

Cardiac transplantation
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Cardiac transplantation
Author(s):

Roy S. Gardner

, Theresa A. McDonagh

, and Niki L. Walker

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199674152.003.0009
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date: 22 February 2020

Cardiac transplantation (CTx) is the final intervention for patients who remain symptomatic despite optimal medical and device therapy. However, while the patient’s condition should be sufficiently severe to justify this procedure, the individual should also be free of significant co-morbidities so that major cardiac surgery and the ensuing immunosuppressive regime can be tolerated. This chapter describes the history of cardiac transplantation, patient selection (indications and contra-indications), as well as the immediate and post-operative management of heart transplant recipients

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