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Published: Wednesday 22 June 2016 email

Transplants / Organ Donations Heart Disease Blood / Hematology Donor blood test may be holding back heart transplantation

Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough oxygen-rich blood around the body to help other organs function.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, around 5.7 million Americans have heart failure.

In some cases, heart failure can be treated with lifestyle changes - such as a healthy diet, exercise, and quitting smoking - and medications. For end-stage heart failure, however, a heart transplant may be the only option.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), as of June 10, 2016, there are 4,147 people in the U.S. waiting for a heart transplant.

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