Osteoporosis following heart transplantation and immunosuppressive therapy
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Heart transplantation (HT) remains the ultimate final therapy for patients with end-stage heart failure, who despite optimal medical and surgical treatments exhibit severe symptoms. To prevent rejection of the transplanted organ, HT patients require life-long immunosuppressive therapy. The goal of the immunosuppression is to minimise the risk of immune-mediated graft rejection, while avoiding clinical side-effects. Current immunosuppressive agents have yielded good survival outcome, however, complications of the immunosuppressive therapy, such as impaired bone strength and increased fracture risk, are common among HT patients rendering increased morbidity and mortality rates. The main aim of the present review was to summarise current knowledge on bone strength impairment after HT and concomitant immunosuppressive therapy.
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|Early online date||2017 Aug 12|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|