Summary: Heart Transplants and Statistics When does a person need a heart transplant? A heart may be irreversibly damaged by long-lasting heart disease or viral infection. People with long-term heart failure, heart muscle disease, or other irreversible heart
Heart Transplants and Statistics
When does a person need a heart transplant?
A heart may be irreversibly damaged by long-lasting heart disease or viral infection. People with long-term heart failure, heart muscle disease, or other irreversible heart injury from coronary artery disease and multiple heart attacks that can’t be treated by any other medical or surgical means may be candidates for heart transplants.
When the heart no longer can adequately work and a person is at risk of dying, a heart transplant may be indicated. It involves removing a diseased heart and replacing it with a healthy human heart. Cardiac transplantation is recognized as a proven procedure in appropriately selected patients.
How many people need and receive heart transplants?
· There were 2,154 heart transplants performed in the United States in 2002 and 2,199 in 2001.
· Each year thousands more Americans would benefit from a heart transplant if more donated hearts were available.
· In the United States, about 77 percent of heart transplant patients are male; 74 percent are white; 50 percent are ages 50-64 and 19 percent are ages 35-49.
· In 2002 the one-year survival rate was 86 percent; the three-year survival rate was about 77 percent; and the five-year survival rate was 71 percent.
Little Emily ran into the house, crying as though her heart would break.
"What’s wrong, dear?" asked her mother.
"My doll! Billy broke it!" she sobbed.
"How did he break it, Emily?"
"I hit him over the head with it."
Jon 15:3 Greater love hath no man hen his, that he lay down his life fo a friend.
Jon 14 Let not your heart be troubled...
1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
The $100 bill example
A NEW HEART TRANSPLANT
[a] When Dr Christian Barnard, the South African surgeon
operated on Philip Blyburg, and gave him a new heart, the
whole world buzzed with this amazing news!
[b] This operation is now common-place! It isn’t news any
more! In fact, they are now in some instances using plastic
[c] No longer is the eyebrow raised at the thought of someone
else’s heart beating away inside you.
I remember hearing a distressed woman on the television on
one occasion! Her husband’s life had been saved with a heart
transplant, but all this woman could say was, "He used to
say he loved me with all his heart! But now that can’t be
true any more, because he has someone else’s heart!!"
[d] In fact, in one corps we had a young woman called Isobel.
Isobel was a sort of bounty hunter for hearts, as well as
eyes, kidneys, and all the rest! She used to stop people on
the street, and get them to sign on the dotted line. It’s now
common place to carry donor cards.
[a] They’re not looking for brains yet are they - not that
I think they would want mine!
[b] I know we joke about such Frankenstein type enterprises,
but did you know that experiments have actually been done to
transplant a brain!.