Tobacco and heart transplant conditions.

Posted by sammymm2 @sammymm2, Feb 15 3:52pm

During the years 2018 and 2019 I smoked 4 cigarettes daily, then I totally quit smoking on February 10 2020, can I be accepted for heart transplant? Or, can I be rejected? My first appointment is on February 24 2020, first meeting with the heart transplant doctors and other professional trams.

Not sure, check with your transplant team. They may want you to be smoke free for a designated period of time.

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@joanaiken

Not sure, check with your transplant team. They may want you to be smoke free for a designated period of time.

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Thank you😁.

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Hi congratulations on quitting it will definitely help with the heart problems and yes you would have to be smokefree to get a transplant. I received my transplant 2 years ago January 2018 and the good Lord Help me quit smoking Oct 2011. Mayo did know i was a past smoker and it did not hold up my transplant. Now mine was about 6 years but i smoked 1-2 packs a day. So I'm thinking that if you are smokefree and no chance of starting back up then it shouldn't be an issue. Even tho it was only a couple of years. Good luck and ask any questions you may have.
Dana

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@sammymm2 Welcome to Mayo Connect. We are a diverse group of people here. We are not medical professionals and cannot make diagnosis but we can share what we've experienced. I Googled your question just to see what the response would be. Of course your transplant team has the final say so. What I saw was that typically a patient has to have a 6-month minimum time between cessation of smoking before transplant consideration. What prompted you to smoke in 2018 and 2019? What prompted you to stop? My husband is a kidney recipient, and had quit smoking 20+ years before his transplant. On the other hand, another patient I know struggled to show his lifestyle had changed to a healthier one, so he was taken off a wait list for a couple of years. Any transplant team will want their patients to be as healthy as possible, to handle the rigors of the surgery and rehabilitation. Be open and honest with your team, just as you expect them to be with you. Will you return and let us know what they say, please?
Ginger

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@sammymm2

Thank you😁.

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And congrats on quitting smoking ! I know it can be very difficult.

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@danab

Hi congratulations on quitting it will definitely help with the heart problems and yes you would have to be smokefree to get a transplant. I received my transplant 2 years ago January 2018 and the good Lord Help me quit smoking Oct 2011. Mayo did know i was a past smoker and it did not hold up my transplant. Now mine was about 6 years but i smoked 1-2 packs a day. So I'm thinking that if you are smokefree and no chance of starting back up then it shouldn't be an issue. Even tho it was only a couple of years. Good luck and ask any questions you may have.
Dana

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Hello,
Thanks for responding.
I used to be a smoker until 2016, I remained as a smoker, but I was smoking 2-5 cigarettes daily, then 2018 came, I was told that I will die soon, so I decided to smoke more because I was treated as a dying man:), but recently, I was approved for a heart transplant, so I quit, just about 10 days ago, I do not desire cigarette at all, but I'm afraid that they might reject me on my first appointment date which is February 24th …
My congratulations for you , I hope you will live happily and in a prefect health always.
God bless you.

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@danab

Hi congratulations on quitting it will definitely help with the heart problems and yes you would have to be smokefree to get a transplant. I received my transplant 2 years ago January 2018 and the good Lord Help me quit smoking Oct 2011. Mayo did know i was a past smoker and it did not hold up my transplant. Now mine was about 6 years but i smoked 1-2 packs a day. So I'm thinking that if you are smokefree and no chance of starting back up then it shouldn't be an issue. Even tho it was only a couple of years. Good luck and ask any questions you may have.
Dana

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Thank you, God bless you.:)

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@gingerw

@sammymm2 Welcome to Mayo Connect. We are a diverse group of people here. We are not medical professionals and cannot make diagnosis but we can share what we've experienced. I Googled your question just to see what the response would be. Of course your transplant team has the final say so. What I saw was that typically a patient has to have a 6-month minimum time between cessation of smoking before transplant consideration. What prompted you to smoke in 2018 and 2019? What prompted you to stop? My husband is a kidney recipient, and had quit smoking 20+ years before his transplant. On the other hand, another patient I know struggled to show his lifestyle had changed to a healthier one, so he was taken off a wait list for a couple of years. Any transplant team will want their patients to be as healthy as possible, to handle the rigors of the surgery and rehabilitation. Be open and honest with your team, just as you expect them to be with you. Will you return and let us know what they say, please?
Ginger

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Thank you for the reply, it's a very helpful reply.
I'm actually not addicted to cigarettes, but when I was told that I'm a "dyer" I tried to smoke more, but then, I was approved for the heart transplant, so I quit totally, I hope that I will go through the process, I love life.
Hope you and your husband will have the best choice of life, health, wealth:).

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@sammymm2, Your concern is very real: Will I be accepted/Will I be rejected for a heart transplant. Is your concern about smoking your only concern at this point? You are in the company of patient experts who have been through their own pretransplant appointments and have learned a lot along the way. What questions would you like to ask before you get to that appointment on the 24th. How can we help you?

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@sammymm2 Best of luck with your appointment tomorrow. Like @gingerw said, be open and honest with the team. There are many factors that will be discussed tomorrow. Every potential transplant recipient asks "Will I be accepted or rejected?" It's only natural.
Any questions as you prepare for tomorrow's meeting?

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@sammymm2 Good luck today and May God Bless you. We are here for you.

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@sammymm2, I want you to know that I am thinking about you. I hope that you were able to get answers to your questions during your meeting with the doctors in February.
If you have read thru any of the transplant discussions, I think you will see that you are not alone in facing a challenging situation. We are always here for you.
What did the doctors say to you about your smoking and transplant concern?

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@sammymm2 congratulations on your smoking cessation, I hope since you smoked so little it was not a factor in you transplant qualification. I smoked two packs a day for years but quit when I got pregnant in 1979 so that was never a factor in qualifying for my liver transplant.

I hope your appointment went well and that you will let us know about it. We are thinking about you and pulling for you.
JK

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