After Heart Transplant
Receiving a heart transplant is a life-altering operation with potentially great benefits. But receiving a transplant also means a lifetime of medication, frequent follow-up visits and ongoing monitoring by doctors and nurses at UVA.
After Leaving the Hospital
After leaving the hospital, patients will need to check their own vital signs daily (temperature, weight, blood pressure and pulse) and take prescribed medications. Transplant recipients also complete regularly scheduled routine lab tests (at a laboratory convenient to home).
After the transplant, follow up visits will include:
- Regular monthly visits to the heart transplant clinic to check progress and catch any signs of organ rejection at the earliest point. A biopsy of the heart is conducted at each visit.
- After the first year, clinic visits every three months (with biopsies twice a year).
- During the third year after transplant, an annual visit and biopsy.