Living with a heart transplant

Find out what to expect after a heart transplant

Key points

  • Once your heart function is stable, you should have more energy and be able to get back to your usual activities
  • Eating well, keeping active and looking after yourself will help you recover
  • It's important to remember that everyone's recovery is different
  • Support is available if you or your loved ones are struggling or if you need to talk

Possible considerations

Infections and heart transplants

Infections are very common immediately after a heart transplant, partly due to the medications.

Learn about infections

Cardiac allograft vasculopathy

Cardiac allograft vasculopathy, or CAV, is a common yet potentially fatal condition that can affect transplanted hearts.

Learn about CAV

Rejection of the transplanted heart

Rejection is when your immune system starts to attack your transplanted heart. You'll be given medicines to prevent this.

Learn about rejection

Things to know

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