Transplantation of Center for Disease Control “High Risk” Donor Hearts Does Not Adversely Impact Long Term Outcomes in Adults.

Ann C Gaffey, Andrew J Cucchiara, Lee R Goldberg, Emily A Blumberg, Michael A Acker, Pavan Atluri,

Journal of cardiac failure, January 18, 2016

“High-risk donor”(HRD) label was applied to donors who met the Center for Disease Control (CDC) criteria for high-risk behavior in 2004. The number of potential recipients who die awaiting orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) increases. Despite organ shortages, HRD grafts are often declined given infectious concerns. We hypothesized that recipients would have equivalent outcomes. We retrospectively analyzed the UNOS adult heart transplant data from June 2004 to December 2013. OHT recipients were divided into two cohorts by donor status. During the study period 37,408 OHTs were performed and 3,196 (8.5%) patients received HRD grafts. Recipients of HRD were significantly older (p

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Pubmed Link: 26779827

DOI: 10.1016/j.cardfail.2016.01.008