Coronavirus | In 2019, the U.S. organ transplant program logged its seventh consecutive year of record-high transplants. The coronavirus threatens to reverse that trend
by Charissa Koh & Daniel James Devine
Posted 6/17/20, 04:38 pm
In 2003, registered nurse Michael Twitchell accidentally discovered he had a rare heart disorder while troubleshooting an electrocardiogram monitor. He attached the leads to his chest and saw “some really weird EKGs,” he says. A year later, he received a diagnosis: idiopathic restrictive cardiomyopathy, a condition that expands the heart’s atria, or upper chambers, like balloons. Without a heart transplant, patients with the disease will die because their heart cannot pump enough blood.