Matching a Donor
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To match a donor organ, including a heart, with a recipient, you both must have the same blood type. Your blood type will be determined during your evaluation. People have one of four blood types: A, B, AB and O. The most common blood is type O, followed by type A, then type B and the rarest blood type, AB. Most patients waiting on the transplant list have type O blood. Even though type AB is the most rare, there are fewer patients waiting for hearts in this blood type.
It is also important that the new heart be a good fit. This is determined by the height and weight of you and the donor, and by the size of the heart.