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The Paradoxical Relationship Between Donor Distance and Survival After Heart Transplantation
UNOS data for over 14,500 isolated heart transplant patients were analyzed to assess the relationship between donor distance from the transplantation center and recipient mortality at 30 days and 1 year. Ischemic time correlated with donor distance. Mortality was reduced for donor distances over 25 miles, and the reduction was highest for distances greater than 500 miles.