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Arpesella G., Gherardi S., Bombardini T., Picano E. Recruitment of aged donor heart with pharmacological stress echo. A case report. In: Cardiovascular Ultrasound, vol. 4 pp. 3 - 6. BioMed Central, 2006.
 
 
Abstract
(English)
Background. The heart transplant is a treatment of the heart failure, which is not responding to medications, and its efficiency is already proved: unfortunately, organ donation is a limiting step of this life-saving procedure. To counteract heart donor shortage, we should screen aged potential donor hearts for initial cardiomyopathy and functionally significant coronary artery disease. Donors with a history of cardiac disease are generally excluded. Coronary angiography is recommended for most male donors older than 45 years and female donors older than 50 years to evaluate coronary artery stenoses. A simpler way to screen aged potential donor hearts for initial cardiomyopathy and functionally significant coronary artery disease should be stress echocardiography.
URL: http://www.cardiovascularultrasound.com/content/4/1/3
Subject Heart failure
Heart transplant
Stress echocardiography
Heart Transplantation [E04.936.450.475]
Cardiovascular Diseases [C14]


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