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How long can a heart survive after being removed from a donor's body?

After removal from a donor's body, a heart can survive just about four hours.

Here's a closer look at some of the statistics involving heart transplants:

  • The number of people added to the heart transplant list from July 2006 to June 2007: 3,011
  • The total number of people who were on the heart waiting list as of June 2007: 2,673
  • The number of transplants from deceased donors from July 2006 to June 2007: 2,224
  • The mortality rate for people while awaiting a heart: 15 percent

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