CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Card Crit Care 2017; 1(02): 72-81
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1626675
Review Article
Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Ltd. 2017

Understanding Heart Transplantation—Gift of Life

Kalpana Irpachi
1  Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
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Poonam Malhotra Kapoor
1  Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
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07 March 2018 (online)

Abstract

Heart transplantation (HTx) provides a longer and better quality of life to patients with end-stage heart failure when all other options of treatment have been exhausted. There are nearly 500 heart donors yearly in India. Approximately 60 cases of HTx are performed every year; 70% survival rate is for nearly 1 year whereas 30% survival rate is for 10 years. Scarcity of donors is further complicated by the use of single organ, heart injury with common brain-death injuries, difficulty with ex vivo preservation, heart disease among donors, and complexity of the operation.