Can doctors use a pigs heart or a cows heart for a human heart transplant?

Answer Let's think about size -- a cow's heart is simply too large to be placed in the existing spot in a human. It is true that a baboon's heart was placed in a baby, but she survived just one day with ... Read More »

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Why don't people who need a heart transplant use a mechanical heart since these hearts are more available?

Artificial hearts are widely used throughout Europe and Australia. There are people here in Europe who have lived with an artificial heart for 3 or 4 years prior to transplant. In the US, the FDA h... Read More »

If you needed a heart transplant?

most definetly tell your mom to please take the heart!

Is there anyone that has been through a heart transplant, that can tell me what to expect before and after?

Having a 'valve job' is similar to a transplant in the respect that they are both cardiac surgeries...and recover times are similar. Where to start..well if you need a new 'pump' then you probably ... Read More »

Can you be a heart transplant when you're alive?

you can't get a heart transplant if you're dead. However, during the procedure, a device is used to pump blood through your body while they replace the heart.