Heart Transplant
Life After Transplant

Life After Transplant

An enormous amount of team effort is necessary to ensure transplant success. The teamwork between you, your family/caregivers and the transplant team is vital. We will work with you closely from the time you are evaluated for your transplant, throughout your hospitalization, and as an outpatient. However, YOU are the most important member of the team! Your responsibilities include:

Your transplant team will do their best to make sure that you are educated about how to take care of yourself and your new heart. You will receive a chart when you are discharged from the hospital and will be asked to keep track of your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and weight. Members of your transplant team will make sure you know how to keep accurate records of these items before you go home. You will need to bring your chart with you when you return for check-ups.

When you leave the hospital, you will receive a schedule of follow-up clinic visits for lab tests, heart biopsies, echocardiograms and other tests. These visits help us to track your progress and identify complications as early as possible.

Generally you will be seen in clinic twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays for the first three weeks after discharge. Afterward, your clinic visits will become less frequent as long as you are not experiencing problems or complications. The transplant team will determine how often you should be seen in clinic. Typically, patients and their caregiver are expected to stay within close vicinity of Stanford Hospital & Clinics during the first 3 months after transplant.

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