- •The 2016 ISHLT listing criteria for heart transplantation recommended that recipients have a BMI <35 kg/ m², putting obese individuals who need cardiac transplantation at a disadvantage.
- •Recipients with a BMI of 35 to 39.9 kg/ m² have better outcomes than do those with a BMI ≥40 kg/m2 and should be considered as a distinct group.
- •Selected individuals with a BMI of 35 to 39.9 kg/m2 should be considered as candidates for heart transplantation.
- •Improved quality of life and survival from a heart transplantation outweigh the risks associated with a BMI of 35 to 39.9 kg/m2.
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