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Heart Transplant

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The estimated incidence of heart transplantation is 7.03/1,000,000 population. 2,804 heart transplants were done in the United States in 2015 at 132 centers. Volumes were up 149 transplants from 2014, most probably from a slight increase in the number of donors. About 24% of those centers performed less than an average of 10 adult heart transplants. Data gathered from 1999 through 2006 demonstrate that centers performing fewer than 10 heart transplants per year have about an 80% higher mortality rate in the first 30 days than the national average. People receiving a new heart at those centers transplanting more than 40 a year have half the 30-day mortality rate of those doing 10 or fewer. 

As of October 21, 2016, there are about 4,109 patients awaiting heart transplantation.