MINNEAPOLIS - In 2012, Minnesota transplant centers performed a record number of heart transplants. Eighty heart transplants were conducted between Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.
Still, nearly 3,000 patients in Minnesota are waiting for life-saving organ transplants, including more than 150 who are waiting for a heart.
Minnesotans can register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor by checking the box on their driver's license or state ID card, or online at www.DonateLifeMN.org.
More than 2.5 million Minnesotans have registered.
The number of heart transplants are on the rise because more people are donating and newer technology helps keep those waiting for hearts alive longer.
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