Receiving a heart

Find out what you need to know about donation issues and heart transplantation

Key points

  • There are more people waiting for transplants than there are donors
  • Hearts can be donated after brain death or after circulatory death
  • All donated organs carry some risk, but this is generally lower than the risk posed by your heart disease
  • The average wait for heart depends on how unwell you are, on your blood group and on your height and weight

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In the UK, around 300-400 people are in need of a heart transplant to transform their lives. Sadly, because of a lack of donors, only 150-200 heart transplants are carried out every year. 

Organ donation is when someone has agreed to give a part of their body to someone else who needs it. It’s an amazingly generous act that helps to save thousands of lives a year.

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