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Care After Heart Transplant
by Allina Health's Patient Education Department
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This surgery is being performed at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis by:
Cardiologists who work with heart transplant patients include:
If you find information on a Web site, show it to your transplant coordinator to make sure it is medically correct. Reliable Web sites include:
Although you are excited to go home, you may be feeling some anxiety. This is normal. Some of the changes you may face include:
Free one-on-one counseling is also available through the chaplain, social worker or both.
During the weeks after you return home, it is common to feel some emotional letdown. The joy of the initial period can fade while you are going through your readjustment.
The changes in family dynamics that come with this process can cause stress and make communication more difficult. For this reason, please consider joining the post-transplant support group.
Hearing that you are not alone in what you are going through, and that others struggle with similar issues, are important in your recovery and rediscovering the joy of a full life.
First published: 01/06/2013
Last updated: 01/06/2013
Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department