Heart transplant

Diseased heart showing where blood vessels were detached and transplanted heart showing where blood vessels were attached

For a heart transplant, the diseased heart is removed and replaced with the donated heart. During the surgery, a mechanical pump moves blood through the body.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine

Current as ofMarch 28, 2018

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