The first U.S. adult heart transplant after circulatory death

Doctors at Duke University Hospital in America have performed the country’s first-ever adult heart transplant through a process called donation after circulatory death (DCD). Traditionally, heart transplants rely on donations after brain death while the rest of their body continues to function, to perform the procedure. On the contrary, the approach used at Duke relies on hearts that have stopped beating and are essentially revived using a machine called the TransMedics Organ Care System. According to the surgeons involved, the process could expand the heart transplant donor pool by as much as 30%.

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