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Transplant Facts

  1. The longest a person has survived after heart transplant as of 2002 is 24 years
  2. Heart transplant survival rates are now 84.8% at one year, 77.1% at 3 years, and roughly 50% at 10 years after transplant surgery
  3. The number of people 65 or older who receive heart transplants is increasing faster than any other age group. From 1996 to 1999, heart transplants in the 65-plus age bracket rose 28%
  4. Acute heart rejection is more likely to happen when the heart donor was female regardless of recipient sex
  5. Signs of beginning artery blockages are seen in almost half of patients after one year, using sensitive tests like multi-vessel IVUS imaging
  6. Heart failure is the leading cause of death in most of the developed world. About 730,000 Americans die each year from it
  7. In 1998, only 2,345 heart transplants were done in the USA
  8. As of December, 1999, there were 4,135 people on the national waiting list for heart transplant, almost double the number who actually had a transplant the year before
  9. Average waiting time to transplant is more than 7 months. In some parts of the country, as many as 40% of patients die while waiting
  10. A busy transplant clinic receives over 2,500 lab results each day. About 400 of these results will be outside the normal range. The coordinator in a short period of time must review all these results and decide which ones need immediate attention
  11. Failure to take post-transplant meds properly is the third leading cause of transplant failure!
  12. Pharmaceutical companies tell many of their employees to bring back samples of dirt from any foreign places they visit on vacations. That's because cyclosporine and some other very valuable drugs come from fungus found in dirt from different parts of the world
  13. As of January, 2000, there were 141 heart transplant programs operating in the USA
  14. A donor family's financial responsibility ends when the person is declared dead. After that, the hospital does not bill the family for any charges. The Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) is billed for those charges
  15. CAD is the leading cause of death for heart transplant recipients who have survived at least one year after surgery

Material taken from manuals given to potential transplant recipients at transplant centers in the USA, and from UNOS - Updated March 29, 2004

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