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Gender Matches Benefit Heart Transplants
Date:11/12/2008

n New Orleans.

Despite the findings, the researchers don't recommend that patients wait longer for a same-sex heart.

"Clearly, receiving a heart transplant from a donor of opposite sex is preferable to severe heart failure. If equivalent donors exist for a given patient, our data suggest that picking a sex matched donor may lead to improved short- and long-term survival," Weiss said.

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The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about heart transplantation.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Nov. 12, 2008


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