Each person's recovery and health after a transplant is unique. Some people have rejection episodes and other problems (complications). Other people have only a few problems.

Most rejections and infections occur during the first three months but you are always at risk for complications. Your health before the transplant will also affect your health during recovery.

To have the best possible chance for a healthy life, you will need to make - and commit to - lifestyle changes:

  • follow the prescribed medicine plan
  • keep transplant clinic and doctor appointments
  • keep scheduled lab tests
  • eat healthful food
  • get regular exercise
  • avoid tobacco and street drugs
  • protect yourself from infection

You will need to stay in touch with the transplant center health care team. They will help with your recovery for the rest of your life.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Care After Heart Transplant, cvs-ah-95405 (1/18)
First Published: 01/06/2013
Last Reviewed: 01/19/2018