How Does A Heart Transplant Work?

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A heart transplant is surgery to remove a damaged or diseased heart and replace it with a healthy donor heart.

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Cardiac transplant; Transplant - heart; Transplantation - heart


Finding a donor heart can be difficult. The heart must be donated by someone who is brain-dead but is still on life support. The donor heart must be matched as closely as possible to your tissue type to reduce the chance that your body will reject it.

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