Tag: Columbia Presbyterian Hospital

5 Transplant Questions You Should Ask

5 Transplant Questions You Should Ask

Suppose you are scheduled for testing at a transplant center and this testing will determine whether or not you are chosen to be on the wait list.  You can expect to go through rigorous testing.  The testing will include a conversation with the center’s psychiatrist, who will decide if you are mentally prepared for the […]

| September 24, 2011 | 0 Comments
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New Wait List Statistics

New Wait List Statistics

As of August 31st, 2011, there are 121,264 patients on wait lists at U.S. Transplant Centers.  Of those 121,264 patients, 3,202 persons are awaiting heart transplants while an additional 69 patients are awaiting a heart/lung transplant. The majority of wait listed patients (95,531) patients are awaiting a kidney transplant and another 16.952 patients are awaiting […]

| August 31, 2011 | 2 Comments
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The Heart Biopsy

The Heart Biopsy

Last Friday, I had a heart biopsy.  At this point of recovery, I would normally be on an every six-month biopsy schedule.  The complexity of my transplant calls for a heart biopsy every three months.  Once again, the results were very positive. I mentioned before that I preferred the way Dr. Hoffman of Tampa General […]

| August 3, 2011 | 1 Comments
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The Right Heart Catheterization

The Right Heart Catheterization

While on the waiting list and after the heart transplant, the patient will undergo a series of right heart catheterizations, left heart catheterizations and numerous heart biopsies. From the patient’s perspective, the right heart catheterization and the heart biopsy are strikingly similar. The right heart catheterization and the biopsy can be performed using entry points […]

| July 19, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Hope For Heart Transplant Wait List

Hope For Heart Transplant Wait List

An intriguing major development in organ transplantation was announced by Sweden and the UK who worked jointly on an amazing synthetic organ transplant for a terminal cancer patient.  The patient has been closely monitored for the past month and is due to be released from the hospital tomorrow. The news is startling because it demonstrates […]

| July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments
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The Wait List and Heart Transplant Up Close And Personal

The Wait List and Heart Transplant Up Close And Personal

Today marks the nineteenth month since my heart transplant at Tampa General Hospital.  It also marks the 44th month since I was referred by Dr, Mehmet Oz to the Columbia Presbyterian Heart Transplant Program under the care of the renowned cardiologist Dr. Donna Mancini. At Tampa General my cardiologist is the very qualified and very […]

| June 2, 2011 | 1 Comments
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Would You Accept the Heart of a Convicted Killer?

Would You Accept the Heart of a Convicted Killer?

I hope you can find the time to comment on this subject. Over the weekend, I received a call from Jonel of MSNBC. Jonel was following up on a story in the New York Times. The situation involved a young fugitive facing the death sentence who has volunteered to donate his organs, including his heart. […]

| April 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Your Heart Transplant Coordinator

Your Heart Transplant Coordinator

Once you are enrolled in a heart transplant wait list, you will be assigned a heart transplant coordinator.  At Columbia Presbyterian, there were four coordinators to handle more than 150 wait list patients.  The role of the coordinators at Columbia Pres was different than the role of the coordinators at Tampa General Hospital.  At Columbia, […]

| April 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
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The Heart Transplant Shrink And I

The Heart Transplant Shrink And I

There are subtle differences between the way Columbia Presbyterian and Tampa General qualify applicants before admitting them to the wait list.  Both processes were intense and very tiring.  At Columbia Pres, one of the physicians that candidates meet is the staff psychiatrist.  The first time we met, my bride and my youngest daughter, Abbi, were […]

| April 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Less Invasive Options For Heart Disease

Less Invasive Options For Heart Disease

Less Invasive Heart Surgery  I had a different article in mind for today, but I was so excited with an article in the Sunday New York Times magazine that I thought it worth sharing.  Part of the article is advertising but I believe there is merit in this article. Heart disease patients can find hope […]

| March 31, 2011 | 2 Comments
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