Donor Hearts can be Reprogrammed with Medication for Longer Storage, Improved Transplant Outcomes

February 8, 2023


Read time:

5-15 mins
3D Model Chest Heart EKG
Presented by Health Lab

In the United States, thousands of people are awaiting a heart transplant, but only 4000 transplant procedures are completed annually. Why does this gap in accessibility exist? Paul C. Tang, M.D., Ph.D., senior author of the study and a heart transplant surgeon at the University of Michigan, discusses a new method that uses a drug previously used in seizure treatment to extend the storage ability of a heart outside of the donor body.

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