The heart from a donor, meant for heart transplantation, must be implanted within 6 hours of it being removed from the donor.
Generally, the surgical team of the heart recipient will be present at the heart donor’s site while the heart is being removed. After removal, the surgical team will perform all the necessary tests including an echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, palpation and inspection on the organ. Soon after removal, they will cool the heart and place it in a nutrient solution along with the donor’s blood. The organ should be kept beating. The special device for storing the heart will have the right mechanisms (heating and oxygen circulation equipment) to keep it beating and warm.