Growing number of donor hearts rejected while need for transplants rises, study finds

February 10, 2015 5:16 AM

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Growing number of donor hearts rejected while need for transplants rises, study finds

“Invariably, we receive donor heart offers that we’re not sure if we should accept,” Khush said. “Different surgeons vary as to which hearts they will accept. As patients wait longer, they often get sicker, and we often lose patients. Increasing the supply of donor hearts is, of course, a great concern of mine.”

To look at national trends in donor-heart use for transplant, researchers examined data from the federal government’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network on all potential adult cardiac donors from 1995-2010.

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