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Four locations in the U.S. are running trials on what is called, “Heart in a Box," a machine that maintains the organ in a warm, beating and functioning physiologic state outside of the body.
Dr. Ardhali, surgical director of UCLA Heart and Lung Transport Program, says “Human hearts were never meant to be put on ice in a cooler."
This will allow for donor hearts to be transported across country and increase the pool of donor hearts available to patients.
Read more about this trial at UCLA Health.
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