Kidneys Are Now Donated from Heart Disease Patients


kidney donorPatients who suffers brain stem death is generally more wanted as kidney donors. But now there is a another choice, because the kidneys of patients who dies of a heart attack are proved to equally good for donor.

Since the 1970s, the majority of kidney donors in developed countries from brain stem death patients. In such patients, the organs are still working fine if supported by life-support machines, although his are already not functioning.

But lately, patients suffering from this condition increasingly shrinks in number. In addition because the death rate caused by traffic accidents in developed countries had  increasingly reduced, treatment for injuries in the head also has been progressing rapidly.

Consequently, many patients with renal failure requires transplant are switching to other donors. Donors of patients who died of a heart attack which only amounted about 3 percent in 2000, increased to 32 percent in 2009.

Concerns that the kidney taken from the heart attack patient has less quality is ignored. Moreover, a research conducted  by Andrew Bradley from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge proved that the concern was merely a myth.

Based on the studies, there were no visible difference between the transplanted kidneys from brain stem dead patients with heart attack patients. Both can be equally acceptable in patients with kidney failure and function well in five years after being transplanted.

“Kidney Donation of heart attack patients has been used in the U.S., UK, Netherlands and Australia. It is expected that other countries will follow it so that it can overcome the scarcity of donors,” said Bradley, according to Reuters.

Today, the need for kidney donors in developed countries are still quite high. At least 80,000 patients in the U.S. and 7,000 patients in England are still on the waiting list for a kidney donor.