Despite improvements in the early post-transplant survival of thoracic organs, registry data show that the graft half-life is only 11 years for heart recipients and 5 years for lung recipients. Infection accounts for 33% of cardiac and 40% of lung transplant recipient death between day 31 and one year post transplant. After 5 years, cardiac allograft vasculopathy (30%), and malignancy (23%) cause most cardiac recipient ...more »
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