Scuba diving after a heart transplant - Excessive daring or calculable risk?

Thomas Schmidt, Nils Reiss, Erk Olbrich, Khaled Chalabi, Thorsten Hagedorn, Kay Tetzlaff

Publikation: Beitrag in FachzeitschriftZeitschriftenaufsätzeForschungBegutachtung


Over the past 50 years, outcomes after heart transplantation (HTX) have continuously and significantly improved. In the meantime, many heart transplant recipients live almost normal lives with only few limitations. In some cases, even activities that actually seemed unreasonable for these patients turn out to be feasible. This article describes the encouraging example of a patient returning to recreational scuba diving after HTX. So far, there were no scientific experiences documented in this area. We worked out the special hemodynamic features and the corresponding risks of this sport for heart transplant recipients in an interdisciplinary manner and evaluated them using the patient as an example. The results show that today, with the appropriate physical condition and compliance with safety measures, a wide range of activities, including scuba diving, are possible again after HTX. They illustrate again the significant development and the enormous potential of this therapy option, which is unfortunately only available to a limited extent.

ZeitschriftAmerican journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 21.07.2023


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