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Cardiac Transplantation

Barry A. Boilson, Richard C. Daly and Sudhir S. Kushwaha

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199915712.003.1909

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Cardiac Transplantation

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In the United States, an estimated 5.7 million people carry a diagnosis of heart failure and almost 300,000 people die of heart failure each year. Orthotopic cardiac transplant is a highly successful procedure for the treatment of end-stage heart disease and is the result of over 100 years of investigation and research. Despite major advances since that first transplant, the number of transplants performed worldwide has plateaued, primarily because of the limited supply of donor organs. Approximately 2,000 cardiac transplants are performed yearly in the United States, and cardiac transplant is the gold standard of cardiac replacement therapy. This chapter reviews indications for cardiac transplant, donor-recipient matching, operative details, immunosuppression, and complications related to transplantation.

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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