Most people who receive a heart transplant enjoy a high quality of life. Depending on your condition, you may be able to return to many of your daily life activities, such as returning to work, participating in hobbies and sports, and exercise. Discuss with your doctor what activities are appropriate for you.
Some women who have had a heart transplant can become pregnant. However, discuss with your doctor if you're considering having children after your transplant. You'll likely need medication adjustments before becoming pregnant, as some medications can cause pregnancy complications.
Heart transplant recipient survival rates vary based on a number of factors. A 2014 report by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients stated that the overall survival rate in the U.S. is about 88 percent after one year and about 75 percent after five years.
What if your new heart fails?
Heart transplants aren't successful for everyone. Your new heart may fail because of organ rejection or because of the development of heart valve disease or coronary artery disease. Should this happen, your doctor may recommend adjusting your medications or in more serious cases, another heart transplant.
In some cases, additional treatment options are limited, and you may choose to stop treatment. Discussions with your heart transplant team, doctor and family should generally address your expectations and preferences for treatment, emergency care and end-of-life care.
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