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More people get heart transplants

More people get heart transplants

The number of heart transplants taking place in the UK has risen over the last five years, says NHS Blood and Transplant.

A total of 142 patients received hearts (or hearts and lungs) in the last year.  Many of those benefitting from transplants had dilated cardiomyopathy.

James Neuberger, associate medical director for Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: It must not be forgotten that this increase is thanks to the families who took the decision to donate their loved one's organs.
 
"The increase in organ transplants over the past five years has been made possible thanks to changes made at every level in hospitals but more still needs to be done.”

He said a total of just over 200 people across the UK were currently waiting for a heart (or heart and lung transplant) on the active transplant list. Unfortunately not all of these patients would receive the life-saving transplant they needed.

NHS Blood and Transplant recently announced a 50 per cent rise in organ donation since 2008.

Its chief executive Lynda Hamlyn wrote to to all NHS chief executives and medical directors thanking their staff for helping to achieve the increase.

She said staff had helped to shift attitudes towards organ donation in UK hospitals.

As a result of the increase in organs from those who had died, 3,112 transplant operations were performed in the last year, an increase of 30 per cent over the numbers carried out in five years ago.

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by CMA Manager on 23-Apr-13 15:35

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