Organs That Can Be Donated - Heart
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Diseases and Disorders
Organs That Can Be Donated: Heart
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Decision: Donation, organdonor.gov
Each year, about 2,000 heart transplants and fewer than 50 heart-lung transplants are performed.
In 2003, around 3,500 people were on the waiting list for a heart transplant and about 200 were waiting for a heart-lung transplant.
In 2003, over 450 people died while waiting for a heart transplant.
About 85 percent of heart transplant recipients are surviving one year after transplantation.
is an abnormality of the heart muscle. The cause is often unknown. Advanced cases may require a heart transplant.
Congestive Heart Failure
is a condition resulting from heart disease such as coronary artery disease. The heart no longer pumps enough blood to meet the body’s needs. A heart transplant may be needed if medical treatments fail.
is an inflammation of the muscle tissue of the heart, often a complication of various infectious diseases. Severe cases can result in heart failure and require a heart transplant.
Congenital Heart Disease
is the most common lethal birth defect, and the most common indication for heart transplantation in infants and young children.
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