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Acta Médica Costarricense

versão On-line ISSN 0001-6002versão impressa ISSN 0001-6012


SALAS-SEGURA, Donato; SANCHEZ SUEN, Mario  e  SALAZAR-VARGAS, Carlos. Cardiac transplant. Acta méd. costarric [online]. 2008, vol.50, n.4, pp.253-256. ISSN 0001-6002.

Heart failure is a common clinical problem that implies pretty high mortality. From the Calderon Guardia Hospital drawing area emerge individuals with different degrees of disability, depending upon their families for their needs, requiring frequent hospitalizations and expensive treatments and still with bad prognosis. The government dedicates large amounts of money to the treatment of these patients and also to cover for their disability. Cardiac transplantation has been implemented worldwide as a viable solution for persons with heart failure, able to expand their life for at least 10 extra years, in spite of the rigorous follow up protocols for the patients and health personnel as well. One year ago the R. A. Calderon Guardia Hospital started a heart transplant program, we herein present the first 2 patients and their follow up.

Palavras-chave : cardiac transplant; heart failure; dilated myocardiopathy.

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