Recovering from a Heart Transplant Video

Wanda, 61, suffered from heart disease for 10 years and was in need of a heart transplant. When she was told a heart was available to her, she was ready. Just six months after surgery, she joins reveals how she is doing.
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Recovering from a Heart Transplant - Wanda's Story Travis: Ladies and gentlemen joining us via Polycom is the one and only Wanda. Wanda, welcome you to show. Wanda: Thank you! Travis: How are you feeling? Wanda: I feel great. Travis: You look great. Lisa: Yes, you look fantastic. How was your recovery after the surgery? Wanda: Long and slow, but good. Doctor: Okay, how are you feeling now as compared to before? Wanda: I feel much better. I can breathe much better. Lisa: You can breathe much better, that’s great! Travis: And stick with us Wanda, I want to explain everyone at home how this heart transplants make sense so we have quick animation if you walk us through Doctor Coulter. This is the heart pre transplant. Dr. Stephanie Coulter: And what the surgeon does is he cuts the attachments from the old heart, takes it out and then that’s where four and six are underneath, hooks on the new heart to the old blood vessels. It’s really kind of simple surgery compared to lot other cardiac surgical procedures that are done. Travis: So you know it’s all relative when we say that it’s basically plumy. You’re unhook in the pluming and then you’re hooking the back up to a new heart Dr. Stephanie Coulter: You cut the blood vessels, you cut the atria and you sew them back on. You don’t touch the pumping chambers. Lisa: But even though it sounds simple because like with Wanda’s recovery as she said, it’s long, there are things you have to be immunosuppressants so that they don’t reject the heart. Dr. Stephanie Coulter: So heart transplant is serous stuff because remember you're putting another person’s organ into your body and that can cause rejection. Women are at greater risk of rejection than men. And so Wanda, has actually had an episode or two of rejection, which requires that she take very powerful chemotherapy type drugs in order to push down the immune response, that’s a normal mechanism to an artificial you know person in you body. Andrew: Wanda someone told you that you’re going to start feeling something about your new heart. You want tell us about that? Wanda: Yes. I've got a—from a lady name Hazel. She’s a 15-year transplant. She told me that when I start feeling one with my heart then I’ll start feeling better. When my heart, the new heart starts feeling more of a part of me and now I understand what she’s saying. I’m beginning to feel more one person now than I was at previous. Travis: Well Wanda, the next time we see you I want to be face to face okay? Wanda: Okay. Travis: Okay we’d like to see your face, facing congratulations best of continued success to you; Dr. Coulter thank you for joining us.

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