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Surgeons May Be Too Picky About the Donor Hearts They Are Using, Study Finds

According to the Los Angeles Times, a study published in the American Journal of Transplantation has found that despite the increasing need for heart transplants, surgeons have become more selective about the hearts they are willing to use. Currently, around 32 percent of available hearts are actually used for transplants, while 10 years ago 44 percent of available hearts were finding their way into new bodies. While an estimated 20,000 patients are in need of donor hearts each year, only 1,949 transplants were performed in 2011. Currently, there are no nationwide standards in place to judge the suitability of donor hearts, and with different regions accepting more organs than others, it seems that a number of suitable organs remain unused.

Read the article published by the LA Times.

Read the study published in the American Journal of Transplantation.