Heart transplantation in Japan: a critical appraisal for the results and future prospects.

@article{Kitamura2012HeartTI,
  title={Heart transplantation in Japan: a critical appraisal for the results and future prospects.},
  author={Soichiro Kitamura},
  journal={General thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={60 10},
  pages={639-44}
}
As of September 30, 2011, a total of 113 patients with end-stage heart failure underwent heart transplantation in Japan, and the early and late (10 years) survival rates appear better than those reported in 2011 by the Registry of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT). Among the risk factors determining survival, use of both left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) during the pretransplant care and marginal donor hearts increased the risk while factors favoring… CONTINUE READING

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