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Newest Heart Transplant – Wait List Statistics

Newest Heart Transplant – Wait List Statistics

Patients on the heart transplant wait list or patients waiting for any other organ transplant will do well to understand the functions of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and its partner the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN).  The information below is available 24/7 at the OPTN Database.  Once you learn to navigate […]

| January 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
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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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Wait List & Recovery Heart Transplant Survival Tips

Wait List & Recovery Heart Transplant Survival Tips

Basically, I am a creature of habit. Whether you are on the wait list or have already received your new heart, our habits have advantages and disadvantages. Some of those habits we can throw out the window. Diet is likely to be one of the most difficult habits to change. In my case, my daily wait […]

| March 21, 2011 | 1 Comments
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About Heart Failure

About Heart Failure

Last night I received an e-mail from a young lady.  Don’t laugh, it’s not that unusual. I have lots of daughters and daughter in-laws and two gorgeous granddaughters.  Actually, this was no laughing matter.  The woman said that she had been told by her doctor that she had heart failure and needed a transplant. She […]

| January 20, 2011 | 0 Comments
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08-08-09 – A Day on The Wait List

08-08-09 – A Day on The Wait List

I had seven heart attacks on September 9, 2000.  On September 10th, 2000, I successfully underwent six-way open-heart bypass surgery.  My friend and Albany cardiologist, Dr. John Bennett and Dr. Larry Safi of Prime Care Cardiology saved my life.  Thank you gentlemen! At first, I thought it was a shoulder injury suffered the night before […]

| December 26, 2010 | 1 Comments
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Wait List – A Dose of Reality

Wait List – A Dose of Reality

If you do not fully understand the waiting list for heart transplantation or what to expect from a heart transplant, you are not alone.  If you are on the wait list, you know that you are sick, enduring heart failure and unable to function as in the past.  You and those close to you are […]

| December 23, 2010 | 2 Comments
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My Wait List Medications

My Wait List Medications

While I was waiting for heart transplantation, this is the form I used to show my medications and track my intake.  Dr. Hoffman, my cardiologist at Tampa General Hospital, insisted that I also take my blood pressure and heart rate every morning and weigh myself before eating.  I kept another chart that reflected these readings. […]

| December 14, 2010 | 0 Comments
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Waiting For Your Heart Transplant

Waiting For Your Heart Transplant

According to the OPTN – UNOS website, as of 12-07-10: * There are 3,206 persons waiting for a heart transplant tonight. * As of 12-07-10, 1,569 heart transplants have been performed. * In Florida, there are 132 persons awaiting heart transplantation. * In New York State, there are 320 persons waiting for a heart transplant. […]

| December 7, 2010 | 2 Comments
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Heart transplant statistics

Heart transplant statistics

Most patients awaiting transplantation will beconme frustrated, nervous and confuised by the process. I am a stats guy. In fact, when I went to transplant centers, the first questions I asked was what is the center’s one year, three year and five year survival rate. It’s not all about the numbers, but it is comforting to know who is doing it right. The OPTN-UNOS site maintains an up-to-the-minute resource center that provides valuable inforamtion about your center and your general position on the wait list.

| March 12, 2010 | 5 Comments
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