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New technology preserves donor hearts for transplants | Southcltweekly
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New technology preserves donor hearts for transplants | Southcltweekly

CHARLOTTE – Atrium Health Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute’s heart transplant team is using new  technology to keep hearts viable while being transported to a waiting heart transplant recipient. The portable technology, called the TransMedics Organ Care System, expands the amount of time a donated heart can be suitable for  transplant, helping make more donated hearts available for those who need them. “Once a heart is removed from a deceased donor due to cardiac death, the portable system revives the heart and keeps it  beating, infusing it with blood from the donor that is supplemented with nutrients and oxygen,” said Dr. Eric Skipper, a  cardiothora...