is when the heart thinks your heart is a germ and tries to get rid of it.
If you have rejection, you come to the hospital quickly and are treated.
When people have rejection they can tell from:
1. fever (100.5 or higher)
2. shortness of breath
3. A feeling that you have to throw
4. Drop in blood pressure (less than
5. Your heart is beating faster and
skipping some beats
6. Feeling tired
7. Swollen ankles
8. Weight gain of two or more pounds
in one day
9. No feeling ìquite rightî, flu-type
aches and pains
There are several kinds of rejection.
They are common and a lifelong problem.
a severe form of rejection, happens within minutes or hours of the
transplant and the new heart must be taken out. There is not treatment.
The monthly blood test help prevent this.
the most common type of rejection, usually occurs after the first week
and within six months of surgery. However, it can happen any time.
this can happen any time, even years later.
The most common rejection is not taking
your medicine, skipping days, or taking wrong dose. The medicine
is to lessen the number or severity of rejection but will not completely
Why do you have to take medicine?
1. The medicine helps to keep your
body form rejecting the new heart.
2. The medicines must be taken every
day or the heart mill be rejected.
After a new heart, medicines are important
to keep the heart healthy. Some medicines help prevent rejection
other illnesses and infections.
What happens if you forget a dose of medicine?
If you forget and skip a dose of medicine
take it right away. If you canít remember if you took one or not
just wait for the time for the next dose. Also, never take more than
After a heart transplant you will have something
done called a Cardiac Biopsy.
It helps determine rejection. Biopsies are done once a week for the
first six to eight weeks and then less frequently. How it is done
is with anesthetic and a small incision
(cut) will be made on the side of the neck. This may feel like a
bee sting with some pressure in the neck area. Someone will put into
a neck vein and into the right side
of your heart a special catheter (bioptome). This will take four
to five small pieces of heat tissue. This test usually takes thirty
minutes and the test results will be in the same day.