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Heart Transplant

April 10, 2015
Transplantations of hearts from donors >50 years (n=26) were compared to 136 transplantations of hearts from younger donors. Hearts from older donors were preferably transplanted to older recipients, who had also longer waiting times.
February 2, 2015
This single instutition study evaluated the impact of mechanical support in children awaiting heart transplant, comparing the pre-support era (1995-2005 and the post-support era (2005-2013); the latter era marked the transition to being able to provide support without concern for pt size.  Support increased from 13% to 37%.  Wait list mortality was d
November 2, 2014
All about James Hello, my name is James Lewis. I am 4 years old. I have been waiting for a heart transplant for 9 months. I have a heart condition called restrictive cardiomyopathy, which means that my heart does not work properly anymore.
September 9, 2014
This video demonstrates a heart transplantation in a patient with an LVAD.
September 4, 2014
The impact of continuous flow VAD on survival among patients awaiting heart transplant is not well known.  Pts on the UNOS list were propensity score matched 1:2 (HeartMate II vs no VAD). Wait list mortality was 10% during the 7.5 year study.  Use of a VAD improved survival to transplant at 1 (91% vs 77%) and 2 years (85% vs 68%).  Use of VAD as a br
June 18, 2014
John Kern, Pavan Atluri, and Francis Pagani discuss mechanical circulatory support at the 2014 STS Annual Meeting.
May 21, 2014
The influence of continuous flow LVAD devices on heart transplant was examined using UNOS data, comparing outcomes of cfLVAD to pulsatile flow LVAD (pfLVAD) and no LVAD pts.   cfLVAD pts spent longer time on the waitlist and were status IA for longer than either of the other groups.  Waitlist survival was better for the cfLVAD pts.  Post-transplant s
February 19, 2014
Systolic and diastolic myocardial motion was determined using magnetic resonance tissue phase mapping (n=27). Cold ischemic time of the transplanted heart >155 min is associated with decreased myocardial velocities whereas longer postoperative time has a positive influence.
February 6, 2014
The authors report outcomes for recipients of heart transplants performed more than 20 years prior. Overall 20 year survival was 56%. Causes of mortality were similarly distributed among rejection, malignancy, infection, and allograft vasculopathy. Only 2 patients underwent retransplantation.