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Table 1 Donor heart suitability criteria

From: Donor heart selection: the outcome of "unacceptable" donors

Age Up to 65 years
Size compatibility Height ± 15%, weight ± 25%
Inotropic support: Dopamine 10 mcgs/kg/min or Noradrenalin 10 ml/hr (4 mg in 50 mls)
Filling pressures Normal BP, CVP10, PAWP 15
ECG No LVH, No left axis deviation, ST/T changes can appear following BSD
CXR Normal cardiac size, contour and normal cardiothoracic ratio
Infections Acceptable if treated with the appropriate antibiotics. Viral meningitis is not acceptable. HIV-contraindication, Hepatitis C – acceptable for Hep C positive recipients
Past Medical History Angina, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia-contraindications
Smoking Acceptable up to 20 pack years
Cardio toxic drugs No intake of amphetamines, cocaine, and tricyclic antidepressants
Tumours Brain tumours may be acceptable according to type