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Protecting the hearts of those waiting for kidney and liver transplants
Date:7/12/2012

p>"However, we also recognize that in some asymptomatic transplantation candidates, the risk of coronary revascularization may outweigh the risk of transplantation, and these risks must be weighed by the multidisciplinary transplantation team on a case-by-case basis until further studies are performed in this population," says Costa, cardiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The group also suggested hospitals identify a primary cardiology consultant for questions related to potential transplant candidates.

"Overall, we hope this statement will offer a foundation for centers to coordinate and better standardize cardiac evaluation practices before kidney and liver transplantation according to best available evidence," says Eagle, a director of the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center.

"We hope the document will provide an impetus to advancing the evidence basis for cardiac evaluation and management specifically in the population with end-stage organ failure being considered for transplantation, so that in the end we can reduce cardiac morbidity and mortality in this population and facilitate safe transplant surgery without incurring risks and expense from unnecessary testing," Eagle says.


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Contact: Shantell M. Kirkendoll
smkirk@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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