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What are the risks of a heart transplant?

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The most common causes of death following a heart transplant are infection and rejection. Patients on drugs to prevent rejection of the new heart are at risk for developing kidney damage, high blood pressure, osteoporosis (a severe thinning of the bones, which can cause fractures), and lymphoma (a type of cancer that affects cells of the immune system). Atherosclerosis of the heart's arteries or coronary artery disease develops in almost half the patients who receive transplants. And many of them have no symptoms, such as angina (chest pain), because they have no sensations in their new hearts.

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National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Heart Transplant."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart transplant."

 

 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 23, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Heart Transplant."

Mayo Clinic: "Heart transplant."

 

 

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 23, 2018

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