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

Complications to watch out for

Warning signs after a transplant

What do you need to watch out for after a heart transplant and when should you seek medical advice?

Learn about warning signs

Infections and transplants

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

Learn about infections

Cardiac allograft vasculopathy

Known as CAV, this is a common yet potentially fatal condition that can affect transplanted hearts.

Learn about CAV

Rejection and transplants

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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