Donor Hearts Going to Waste, Researchers Report

February 10, 2015 5:00 PM

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TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even as the need for heart transplants increases, more donor hearts are being discarded, with a new study showing that only one in three donated hearts finds a recipient.

In addition, rejection of donor hearts varies across the United States, particularly for so-called "marginal" donor hearts -- those that are judged too small or too old. Hearts that would be used in one medical center would be rejected by another, said lead researcher Dr. Kiran Khush, an assistant p...

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