Global heart transplant demand: 6,000 per year:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Around 5,500-6,000 heart transplants are performed every year globally, according to the World Transplant Register. As the all-time total reaches 100,000, Spain's national transplant organisation (ONT), which manages the register, has published details of global and national activity, including current survival data. Internationally, these stand at around 80% at one year, 68% at five years and 50% at 10 years, says the ONT, citing estimates by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplants (ISHLT). The longest survival stands at 28 years, in the case of a living 48-year-old. The procedure has been performed at ages ranging from 3 hours to 79 years.
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