How does heart transplant surgery work? - Roni Shanoada
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Now that heart transplants have become relatively routine, the most pressing problem is how to solve for organ shortages. This has involved using organ from previously restricted populations, such as those infected with HIV. This article from NPR describes how the HOPE Act and HIV donors have reduced wait times and organ shortages. Or expanding the donation pool from unexpected deaths, as described here. Further, the use of genetically modified pig heart has been suggested as a way of minding the gap. See here from the University of Maryland.
Read this article and watch this video on left ventricular assist devices that describe left ventricular assist devices (LVAD), which could bridge time to a transplant or possibly replace transplantation altogether.
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