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A new heart transplant technique pioneered in Australia is reducing waiting lists for heart patients in Australia and potentially globally.

Summary

This article from UNSW Media and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute makes the following points:
  • The technology was developed by scientists from Australia.
  • The technique allows surgeons to transplant donor hearts that have stopped beating after death (known as donation-after-cardiac-death or ‘DCD’ hearts).
  • Previously, donor hearts from a DCD pathway could not be used.
  • Scientists have now developed a machine that allows the heart to beat outside the body, known as ‘Heart in a Box’, which enables the organ to be reanimated.

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    Source: University of NSW (UNSW)