(Source: Heart Transplant for Children at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, February 2012)
The most common reasons a child needs a heart transplant is because of a complex heart defect (congenital heart disease) present from birth or because of poor heart function as a result of abnormal heart muscle (Cardiomyopathy). You can either be born with abnormal heart muscle or it can be caused by a virus. There are other reasons to have a heart transplant; your doctor will discuss these with you if necessary.
Heart transplantation is not suitable for everyone nor is it a cure. It involves replacing a damaged heart with a healthy one to prolong, and improve the quality of your life. It requires a lifetime commitment to taking medications and to ongoing follow-up tests and appointments.
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