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
Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, India
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Poonam Malhotra Kapoor
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.