|There are many risks of getting a new heart.
Below are three main ones.
1. Your body may reject the new heart.
Your immune system helps your body
fight off germs. It is your bodyís defense against infection.
Your body knows that the heart is not your own and tries to get rid of
it as if it was a germ. This is what we call rejection.
2. You will have a greater risk of
having an infection. You have this risk because of a medicine you
take for the rest of your life to prevent rejection. (The medicine
is Cyclosporine, Imuran, and prednisone.) These medicines lower your
bodyís defense system so you will be more at risk for infection.
3. You will have side effects from
the medicines you take.