Artificial hearts could fill the transplant gap

The number of available hearts for transplant is declining in both Israel and the US, while the waiting lists of potential recipients are growing due to more cases of heart failure. The situation, described in an article just published in The American Journal of Transplantation, exists here as well, according to Prof. Jay Lavee, a leading heart transplant surgeon at Sheba Medical Center.

As life expectancy grows, increasing numbers of Americans are developing chronic heart failure (in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood through the body), leading to death within five years in about half of patients. But while queues for available hearts are longer, there is a striking decline in the use of hearts for transplantation in many regions.


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