Heart Transplant Survival Rate Dramatically Increases with Same Sex Donors

In a new study released by Johns Hopkins, it was found that patients recieving hearts from same sex donors were as much as 25% more likely to survive.

They found that men receiving hearts from smaller women fared the worst of any group .  Dr. Eric Weiss of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore was responsible for looking at over 18,000 UNOS records to do this analysis. The data spanned over a ten year period from 1998 to 2007.  This analysis added more information to a similar study performed by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation on roughly 8000 records.

The survival rate after a heart transplant is 72 percent for men and 68 percent for women after five years. Roughly 2000 heart transplants are done every year in the United States.

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