Current outcomes following heart transplantation.

  title={Current outcomes following heart transplantation.},
  author={James K. Kirklin and Salpy V Pambukian and David C McGiffin and Raymond L. Benza},
  journal={Seminars in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  volume={16 4},
Survival after cardiac transplantation has improved progressively since its inception over 35 years ago, with current 1 year survival approaching 90% and 7 year survival approaching 75%. In view of continued severe donor shortages, allocation must balance the survival benefit margin for recipients with terminal heart failure (higher risk for death with multiple co-morbidities and refractory low output state) and the charge to maximize graft survival. Continued improvement in short and longer… CONTINUE READING