When will I be able to get my heart back?
Posted May 10, 2018 12:53:33The Queensland Government has announced plans to make heart surgery available for people over the age of 70.
The announcement comes after a heart transplant was successful in a man who was 50.
Queensland Health Minister Michael Gubb said the State Government would continue to work with the medical community to develop a more affordable and accessible alternative.
“I think we have a very high level of interest from the medical profession in this, particularly the cardiac surgeons, and we are keen to see more hospitals in Queensland become aware of this option,” he said.
“We have had a number of patients, particularly older people, who have had this procedure and I think there is a lot of interest out there.”
Queenslanders over the 60s and over 60s who are currently undergoing a heart surgery are eligible for a free round-the-clock consultation with a doctor for a maximum of six months.
Queans for Life president Peter White said the decision to make a free heart transplant option available was “a great opportunity” for those older than 60 to access the treatment they need.
“If they need to have a cardiac transplant, they are able to have that surgery, so it’s an easy option for them to get it,” Mr White said.
Mr White said many older people had a “hard time” accessing cardiac surgery because of the cost of the operation.
“A heart transplant can cost up to $50,000 and a heart attack can cost between $400 and $700,000.”
For a lot people, if they’ve got a cardiac issue, the cost can be prohibitive,” he added.
Queers for Life is calling on the Government to provide the state with funding to provide free round the clock consultations with cardiac surgeons.”
These heart surgery operations are very expensive, so we need more funding to be able cover the cost and for the health care system to be properly funded to keep patients alive,” Mr Whit said.
Queanbeyan-based cardiac surgeon Dr Andrew White said he would be interested in hearing from any older Queenslanders who have experienced cardiac surgery, or who are interested in seeing a cardiac surgeon.”
In terms of younger people, a heart surgeon will always be the first person you talk to if you’re really feeling stressed, worried, worried about your heart,” he explained.”
But, for people of older age, they may want to talk to someone who can get a better understanding of what’s going on in their heart.
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