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Donor Heart Facts

Heart transplantation is the current standard of care for end-stage biventricular heart failure. However, over the last 20 years, despite growing demand, the supply of donor hearts has remained flat. Only about 2,000-2,600 donor hearts become available each year in the United States and about 3,500 worldwide. Similar to a heart transplant, the Total Artificial Heart replaces both failing heart ventricles and the four heart valves. Unlike a donor heart, the Total Artificial Heart is quickly available at SynCardia Certified Centers. It is the only approved device in use that eliminates the source of end-stage biventricular heart failure.

United States

  • About 4,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list for a heart transplant on any given day. Only 2,000-2,600 donor hearts are available each year. ›› learn more
  • 46% of people listed for a donor heart in the United States have been waiting for a year or more.
(Source: Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network)


  • In the European Union, according to the European Commission, nearly 3,500 people were on waiting lists for a donor heart, yet just over 2,000 heart transplants were performed in 2012.
  • 57% of people listed for a donor heart have been waiting for a year or more.
  • 34% have been waiting for 2 years or more. (Source: Eurotransplant International Foundation. Data as of Dec. 31, 2011 - includes Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovenia)
Donor Heart Facts

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