Donor hearts at increased disease risk offer better survival rates for transplant recipients
Accepting an organ that has an increased risk of potentially transmitting disease offers a higher one-year survival rate for candidates on the heart transplant list over waiting for an organ with less risk, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Increased risk donors make up a growing number in the donor pool for organs, offering a potential strategy to reduce waitlist mortality for patients awaiting transplant. For many of these patients, the benefit of proceeding with transplantation sooner outweighs the low risk of disease transmission associated with these donors.
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