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Heart lung transplant - Transplant success rate

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The results for heart-lung transplants have improved significantly since the operation was first carried out in 1983.

This is mainly due to the introduction of immunosuppressants which help prevent the immune system from rejecting donated organs.

The most recently available data shows that:

  • 66% of people will survive for one year after receiving a heart-lung transplant,
  • 63% of people will survive for two years after receiving a heart-lung transplant,
  • 47% of people will survive for five years after receiving a heart-lung transplant, and
  • 34% of people will survive for ten years after receiving a heart-lung transplant.
Medical Review: July 11, 2009
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