The first heart transplant in Slovakia was 18 years ago

The first heart transplant in the modern history of Slovakia, made in the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NÚSCH) in Bratislava gave nine more years of life to the patient.

Cardio surgery, illutsrative stock photo.Cardio surgery, illutsrative stock photo. (Source: TASR)

On the night of March 20 to 21, 1998, Štefan Petrík, then aged 58, underwent a heart transplant, by a team led by Viliam Fischer. The patient lived for 9.5 more years, and did not die of heart failure, NÚSCH spokeswoman Dobroslaav Krajčovičová stressed for the TASR newswire.

The systemic programme of heart transplants in Slovakia was founded in 1998 by Juraj Fabián, who also established the Heart Transplant work-group.

Since the opening of the programme, a total of 242 heart transplants have been made until December 31, 2015. In total, the ward of heart failures and transplants of NÚSCH has cared for 302 patients, of which 201 were still living on December 31, 2015. By that date, 39 more were on waiting list; while in 2015, 43 potential donors were reported, TASR wrote. 

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