Tag: wait list for heart transplant

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 | 4 Comments
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Another Plastic Heart Implanted

Another Plastic Heart Implanted

The BBC reported last week that another plastic heart implant was installed in Matthew Green.  Green is a 40-year old man who is in end stage heart disease and has been waiting for an organ for transplantation.  Green recovered nicely from the surgery and is home with his wife and son.  The plastic heart is […]

| August 13, 2011 | 0 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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Health Insurance For Heart Transplant

Health Insurance For Heart Transplant

Health insurance and the future of Medicare are in the news and on the table.  For persons considering the possibility of a transplant for any organ but especially the heart, understanding your health insurance choices and mapping out a health insurance strategy are very important considerations. Not only will the transplant recipient want to know exactly […]

| June 27, 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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Heart Transplantee A Derby Celebrity

Heart Transplantee A Derby Celebrity

Animal Kingdom may have won the race, but 41-year old Kathy Ritvo, the trainer of Mucho Macho Man, won the day. Ms. Ritvo is the mother of two and was transplanted in the nick of time in November 2008 at Jackson Memorial. Kathy’s wait list experience was filled with treacherous symptoms which finally resulted in […]

| May 12, 2011 | 0 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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