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Selection and Management of the Potential Candidate for Cardiac Transplantation

  • L. W. Stevenson

Abstract

The potential benefits of transplantation were already recognized in 1968, as reflected in the statement from the Bethesda conference chaired by Francis Moore[1]: ‘Cardiac transplantation, still in an early stage of development, shows promise for the future treatment of many people with severe heart disease.’ At that time there were 20 survivors of 50 heart transplant procedures. Since then, cardiac transplantation has evolved from an experimental to an accepted clinical procedure, endorsed by Medicare in 1986 as ‘best therapy’ for end-stage heart failure. The current survival rate is 80-85% at I year and 60-70% at 5 years[2]. There have been over 30 000 heart transplants performed in the world, involving over 250 heart transplant centers.

Keywords

Heart Failure Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Heart Transplantation Pulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure Cardiac Transplantation 
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