Heart transplant

surgical transplant procedure performed on patients with end-stage heart failure or severe coronary artery disease when other medical or surgical treatments have failed

A heart transplant is a type of surgery where someone's heart is removed and another one is put in because theirs is not working properly. The new heart is taken from a dead person who does not need it any more. The first heart transplant on a human was done by Christiaan Barnard in December 1967.[1]

This picture shows where the new heart is placed.


  1. "A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries: Christiaan Barnard". pbs.org. 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011.

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