The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation reports that more than 3,800 patients, including more than 500 children, receive new hearts each year. More than 3,500 lung transplants occur annually. Some patients require both a heart and lung transplant at the same time. Visit our page on lung transplantation for more information.
Survival rates for people receiving heart transplants continue to improve, especially in the first year after the transplant. About 88% of heart transplant patients survive the first year after surgery, and 75% survive for 5 years following transplant, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The 10-year survival rate is about 56%.
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