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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 8

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8-Palm Beach Post, Tuesday. Nov. 26. 1S68 DIAHAiYN Heart Grafts Troubled ;akuoll Providing an atmosphere of elegance for your traditional swiff BETY0Uy believed to be some forms ot asthma, arthritis, kidney disease and rheumatic heart disease. Cooley said Thomas is known to have suffered from rheumatic disease. "Myocardiopathy is an end-stage disease." Cooley said. "It is incurable but methods eventually may be developed to treat it Thanksgiving Dinner Whether it's turkey with all the trimmings, a succulent steak or any of our fine entrees . . . you'll enjoy a truly delightful Thanksgiving at The Flame. TONIGHT 8:30 Corinne Calvet ral heart and the first graft. If true, he said. Thomas may have a "double barrel" effect from a second round of anti-heart anti-bodies. Myocardiopathy arises when the natural biological defense mechanism of persons, otherwise free of other forms of heart disease, go awry. The anti-bodies that are produced, those needed to fight infection by bacteria, viruses and even alien tissue, also start attacking the cells of the person's own body turning man against himself. The anti-bodies invade or surround the cells so that it swells up and dies for lack of nutrients. Dr. Ernest Witebsky. a specialist in immunology, is credited with discovering anti-heart anti-bodies about 10 years ago when he was working at the University of Buffalo. About 5 per cent of persons suffering from heart disease are believed to be victims of myocardiopathy. which is a member of a class of maladies called auto-immune diseases. Others in this category are gjYv QUEBEC 'mill "WOW? i It is in this larger group that heart transplants might not work. Myocardiopathy in heart transplant recipients has not previously been reported. Cooley told a panel discussion, news conference and interview on grafts during the American Heart Association's annual meeting at the Americana Hotel. The association said 86 transplants have been performed worldwide in 84 persons of whom 44 are still alive. Other specialists at the meeting, including three surgeons who have performed other heart transplants, expressed a blend of short-term pessimism and long-term optimism lor the success of heart transplantation as a means of routinely prolonging life. Cooley addressed the meeting six hours after leaving the operating room at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston where he had performed a second cardiac graft on Everett Thomas, a 47-year-old accountant, into whom a new heart had been grafted six months ago. Thomas' body was rejecting the first transplant, Cooley said, making the second necessary. He said Thomas seemed to be accepting his new heart well. But the Houston surgeon cautioned that Thomas also may have developed anti-heart anti-bodies to the natu- (C) N.V. Timtt News StrviCt BAL HARBOUR - Dr. Denton t'ooley. the world's most experienced heart transplant surgeon, has reported a disturbing new phenomenon stemming from the drastic operation: The destruction of a grafted heart by "anti-heart anti-bodies." Cooley said two of the seven persons who had been given heart grafts that failed had been found to be allergic to both their grafted and their original hearts. The Houston surgeon who has performed 16 human heart grafts said the condition, known as myocardiopathy. might be a "serious" disappointment to the successful development of routine cardiac transplantation, although he added that the extent of the complication was not yet known. He said there was an "implication" that the bodies of persons suffering from the condition would reject any implanted heart no matter how closely akin it would be to the recipient's own genetic makeup. 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