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Study Challenges New Benchmark for High-Volume Heart Transplant Hospitals
Date:1/30/2008

pitals that did more than 40 heart transplants per year.

Death rates flattened for the majority of patients in hospitals that did 14 or more heart transplants per year, the researchers found.

Roughly a dozen hospitals in the United States, including Johns Hopkins, perform at least 20 heart transplants a year, the researchers noted.

The study was presented Tuesday at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons annual meeting, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, news release, Jan. 28, 2008


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