- You will have to follow up frequently for lab work and biopsies initially. Biopsies are done to determine if there is any rejection and can be done as an outpatient procedure after you are discharged from the hospital. We will perform many biopsies during your first year after transplant. You will need to have lab work drawn every one to two weeks for the first three months after transplant.
- There are several factors that will help you keep your new heart healthy. It will be important to follow a healthy lifestyle. You will need to exercise regularly, maintain a healthy diet, and keep a weight that is appropriate for your body frame. You will be expected to help your transplant team monitor your care by keeping records of your blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, temperature and pulse.