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Most donated hearts rejected as transplantation wait list grows
U.S. News and World Report

Even as the need for heart transplants increases, more donor hearts are being discarded, with a new study showing that only one in three donated hearts finds a recipient.

In addition, rejection of donor hearts varies across the United States, particularly for so-called “marginal” donor hearts — those that are judged too small or too old. Hearts that would be used in one medical center would be rejected by another, said lead researcher Dr. Kiran Khush, an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, in Palo Alto, Calif.

“We have a lot of patients awaiting heart transplantation and the waiting lists are growing and the waiting times are increasing, but despite this, we are not using a lot of available hearts,” she said.

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