Heart Transplant Recipients Rely on “Luck of the Draw”

by Jodee on November 14, 2009

There are approximately 2,200 heart transplants performed in the United States each year, according to the American Heart Association. In 2008, 57 recipients of new hearts were between the ages of 6-10. The number one reason why a person may need to be placed on the transplant list for a heart is due to an infection.

Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, can lead to serious health consequences if left untreated. If the condition is not addressed in time, it can develop into heart failure. At that point, the patient needs a transplant in order to survive.

Being put on the transplant list is no guarantee that a heart of the right size and blood type will become available in time. Whether a match can be found unfortunately comes down to the “luck of the draw.”

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