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Guidelines for heart transplantation candidacy

For the first time in a decade, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation have issued updated guidelines to help physicians determine which patients may be suitable candidates for heart transplantation.

Chaired by Dr. Mandeep R. Mehra, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and medical director of the Heart and Vascular Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital - both in Boston, MA - the revised guidelines for heart transplantation candidacy address some of the issues that have arisen since such guidelines were first put in place in 2006.Published in The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, the updated guidelines are a result of a collaboration between the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Heart Failure and Transplantation, Pediatric and Infectious Disease Councils. One key issue has been heart transplantation eligibility for patients with certain medical conditions; the 2006 guidelines stated that patients with particu…

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