In her study, “An Early Investigation of Outcomes with the 2018 Donor Heart Allocation System in the United States,” lead author Rebecca Cogswell, MD, Division of Cardiology, identified a signal of a decrease in heart transplant survival rates.

“This early look is similar to the kind of surveillance that occurs in large clinical trials to ensure safety,” said Cogswell.

For the first time in over a decade, modifications were made to the U.S. donor heart allocation system in October of 2018, aimed at better distinguishing the most medically urgent heart transplant candidates.

The new system was envisioned to allow more equitable organ allocation while providing an overall benefit to patients awaiting heart transplantation.

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