I've been told by my transplant doctor that the average life expectancy after a heart transplant is 13 years, some people as long as 20 years, some less.
As I am 53 years old, he suggested that I might like to wait as long as possible to provide an overall longer life. I currently have a ventricular assist device (VAD), so I could probably wait but am anxious to be rid of the VAD and living a "normal" life. I'm not sure whether living an extra year or two in the end would be worth the trouble of struggling with this VAD now and being somewhat exercise limited in my younger and more productive years.
What have your doctors told you?
Do you think people who are relatively young like me have a greater chance of living 20 years, than say someone who was perhaps 63?