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What kind of donor would you need for a heart transplant?
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In brief: Healthy donor
The donor would need to meet brain death criteria, and have a normal functioning heart.
Certain systemic diseases would need to be excluded such as severe hypertension and atherosclerosis.

In brief: Healthy donor
The donor would need to meet brain death criteria, and have a normal functioning heart.
Certain systemic diseases would need to be excluded such as severe hypertension and atherosclerosis.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. William A Biermann
Most cancers preclude a heart from being donated for fear of the recipent getting that cancer. This is rare, but has happened
Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant
In brief: Deceased donor
You need a deceased donor with a healthy heart.
Someone who passed away and decided to give the gift of life by passing on his vital organs to others. They must have healthy hearts with clean coronary arteries, be of comparable size and an immunological match to the patient who needs the transplant.

In brief: Deceased donor
You need a deceased donor with a healthy heart.
Someone who passed away and decided to give the gift of life by passing on his vital organs to others. They must have healthy hearts with clean coronary arteries, be of comparable size and an immunological match to the patient who needs the transplant.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine
In brief: Heart transplant
Its always a cadaver. There are certain hla typing that needs to be matched.

In brief: Heart transplant
Its always a cadaver. There are certain hla typing that needs to be matched.
Dr. Videh Mahajan
Dr. Videh Mahajan
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