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Hearts from donors after circulatory death appear highly suitable for transplant


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Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Reuters Health - 06/01/2022 - Results of transplants that use hearts from carefully selected adult donation after circulatory death (DCD) donors appear to be similar to those using hearts from donation after brain death (DBD) donors, at least with respect to early outcomes, researchers report. Based on their analysis, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the authors estimate that if a transthoracic echocardiogram (to assess left ventricular ejection fraction) were performed for all potential DCD donors in the United States, broad acceptance and use of such hearts could translate into up to about 300 additional adult heart transplants annually. "Three hundred additional donor hearts may seem like a small number, but considering that the total volume of adult heart transplantations in the U.S. annually is only about 2,800 to 3,000," 300 represents a substantial increase of at least 10%, corresponding author Dr. Shivank Madan of Montefiore Me...


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