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Cardiac transplantation: Overview 

Cardiac transplantation: Overview
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Cardiac transplantation: Overview
Author(s):

Josef Stehlik

and Joann Lindenfeld

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198734871.003.0016
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date: 19 September 2019

Heart transplantation is an accepted and effective approach to extending longevity and improving quality of life in selected patients with advanced heart disease. This chapter reviews the contemporary approach to donor and recipient selection, discusses the logistics of the transplant process, and summarizes post-transplant outcomes. Donor matching, HLA sensitization, and pre- and postoperative medical care are covered in detail along with a detailed exploration of factors which increase risk in the transplant patient.

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