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Heart Transplant Scores Predict One-Year Survival Rates
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Hospital heart transplant centers that adopt a scoring method can greatly increase the chance recipients will be alive one year later and thereby more efficiently use scarce donor hearts, say cardiac surgery researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

“If you want to enhance post transplant survival, you’d shift organs from some of the people we’ve identified with multiple risk factors for poor outcomes to patients with a better chance,” explained Ashish Shah, MD, Surgical Director of Johns Hopkins’ lung transplant program and one of the study’s authors.