Heart Transplant Risk
receiving a donor heart can save a person’s life, transplantation is an
open-heart surgical procedure accompanied by serious risks, the most
significant of which is rejection. All heart
transplant recipients receive immunosuppressants (medications that reduce the
activity of the immune system), but about one in four have some signs of
rejection during the first year after surgery. Usually the rejection has no
symptoms and requires only an adjustment of medications.
specific risks and potential benefits of a heart transplant vary for each
patient, Memorial Hermann-affiliated physicians will discuss all possibilities
in detail and take strict precautions to decrease these risks.