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Septuagenarians should not be routinely excluded from heart transplantation

from Healio

A review of donor and recipient characteristics of orthotopic heart transplantations suggests that select patients aged 70 years and older should not be omitted as candidates for transplant due to advanced age alone. “With the increasing age of the HF population, it is important to understand the potential role for orthotopic heart [transplantation] in older patients,” the researchers wrote. “We examined recipient and donor characteristics and long-term outcomes of older [orthotopic heart transplantation] recipients in the [United States].” more

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