Debunking 5 Major Lung Transplant Myths

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Myth 4: The heart is a more important and complex organ than the lungs.

While it’s true that you can’t survive without a heart, you also cannot survive without lungs. Nevertheless, it’s still “easier” to live without much heart function, using mechanical support while awaiting a heart transplant.  Lungs have a more complex system that needs to accurately match blood flow with gas flow, while simultaneously needing to be protected from the “outside world.” In contrast, the heart is a relatively simple pump and can be more easily replicated by a mechanical support. Scientists say that artificial, biocompatible hearts may be a reality in the near future, but artificial lungs are “probably 30 years away” due to their complexity.

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  1. Olga says:

    I love your site very informative. Im a semi-retired nurse. Had Stage 4 Lung CA w/metastasis to R.Adrenal in 2002.Then diagnosed with Emphysema. Yes I was a smoker 20 yrs ago.Thank God for the scientists that developed Anoro Ellipta, life saving. Yes it’s a LAMA.I read article in Lama vs Laba. It’s difficult to treat pts that have Emphysema and bronchiectasis 2 different monsters.But it’s not impossible.Thank goodness that pulmonary REHAB is mentioned. It is a Life Line for COPD. Exercise for the rest of the pts life,w/o it exacerbations,hospital ICU and severe loss of lung function. Also there is still a lack of pt. Teaching. Most pts do not breath correctly. Diaphram breathing, Diet,protein,fruits, veggies, using inhalers incorrectly.Dirty equipment. This all contributes to hospitalizations.Also the low socioeconomic group. They are really in trouble.We need more Resp.Therapists and Good COPD nurses,and more Resp.Therapy that are dedicated to pt. TEACHING in the home. This would save alot of money to the gov.less hospitalizations.its a win for everyone.

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