Posts Tagged 'heart transplant'

Attenuated-signal Plaque Progression Predicts Long-term Mortality after Heart Transplantation

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In patients who had heart transplantation, attenuated-signal plaque progression may be an independent predictor of long-term mortality, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. According to the study background, previous research on coronary atherosclerosis found associations between attenuated-signal plaque, plaque instability and adverse events.

Kozo Okada, MD, from the division of cardiovascular medicine, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine, and colleagues enrolled 105 patients who had survived at least 1 year after heart transplantation and had ...

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Eliminating Blood Test May Increase Availability of Donor Hearts

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A blood test that leads to the rejection of donor hearts may be unnecessary in predicting whether a heart transplant will succeed or fail, according to new research in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.

“Heart transplantation is an incredible therapy for patients with end-stage heart failure, but there are only 2,000-2,400 transplants each year. A lot of focus has been on finding ways to sign up more people as organ donors, but there is also a problem in ...

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Targeting the Innate Immune Response to Improve Cardiac Graft Recovery after Heart Transplantation: Implications for the Donation after Cardiac Death

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Heart transplantation (HTx) is the ultimate treatment for end-stage heart failure. The number of patients on waiting lists for heart transplants, however, is much higher than the number of available organs. The shortage of donor hearts is a serious concern since the population affected by heart failure is constantly increasing. Furthermore, the long-term success of HTx poses some challenges despite the improvement in the management of the short-term complications and in the methods to limit graft rejection. Myocardial injury occurs ...

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DCD Heart Recipient Recovering Well

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One of the first patients in the UK to receive a heart transplant from a donor after circulatory determination of death (DCDD aka DCD), is recovering well.

Lee Hall, a 26 year old electrician, who lives with his wife and one-year-old son, developed heart failure at the age of 14. The heart failure was linked to chemotherapy Lee had received during childhood to treat leukemia. Until recently, the UK, like the US, did not recover hearts from DCDs, medically suitable hearts ...

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Europe Performs Their First Heart Transplant Post-DCDD

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British transplant surgeons at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK, performed their first heart transplant of a non-beating heart. Usually, hearts are recovered from patients who are brain dead and become donors. Another type of deceased organ donor are donors after circulatory determination of death (DCDD). Some patients meeting specific criteria can become donors after cardiac death and organs are recovered for transplantation after a few minutes of circulatory cessation. Kidneys, liver, pancreas, and lungs can be recovered after DCDD.

There have been ...

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Recovering from Rare Transplant

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A combined heart and liver transplant is not new to modern medicine, however Courtney Kidd is one of few who received her liver transplant before the heart transplant.

Dr. Timucin Taner describes by replacing the liver first, the liver helps to filter out the antibodies before the heart is placed. Furthermore, the liver also actively modifies the immune system.

Read more at http://www.kaaltv.com/article/stories/S3739745.shtml
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Transplant Brothers: Friends Have the Same Donor

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Two longtime family friends became “transplant brothers” from the same donor. Fred Nelis (age 60) received a new heart and Gordon Veldman (age 67) received new lungs. Both were transplanted on the same day, at the same time, and from the same donor.

Veldman said he longs to tell the family “thank you.” “Because someone said ‘yes’, I’ve got a future. It’s as simple as that,” he said.

Dr. Michael Dickinson, the medical director of Spectrum’s heart and lung transplant program, said ...

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Youngest Person to Receive A Heart Transplant

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In Arizona, Caylyn Otto bought a bracelet for her unborn son, but not for his baptism; instead, the bracelet was for his funeral. She said, “I pictured it being on an urn or being buried with him.”

When Otto was 20-weeks pregnant doctors told her and her partner, Chris Crawford, that their son’s heart was significantly enlarged and to prepare for the worst. He was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, which is a disease of the heart muscle that causes the ...

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