An update on transplantation in the geriatric heart transplant patient

Kathy L. Coffman*, Mario Valenza, Lawrence S.C. Czer, Dov Freimark, Ivan Aleksic, Deborah Harasty, Carmen Queral, Dan Admon, Peter Barath, Carlos Blanche, Alfredo Trento

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Discussions of the ethics involved in allocating scarce resources often proceed without a grounding in factual experience. This study explored whether there was statistical evidence to support the use of set age limits in patient selection criteria for heart transplantation. Many transplant teams have selection criteria that include age limits, excluding patients more than 60 or 65 years of age from being considered as transplant candidates. The hypothesis was made that patients in the age bracket of 60- 69 should have a comparable success rate with transplantation to that of younger recipients when selected by using the same medical and psychiatric criteria. Based on their clinical observations, the authors postulated that the elderly would report better quality of life postoperatively than younger control subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-496
Number of pages10
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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