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FDA Approves First Heart Pump For Children Awaiting Transplant
2011-12-19 06:30:26

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday that it has approved the first heart pump for children with heart failure, giving a new treatment option for patients who are too small to receive adult implants. The ventricular assist device is made by Germany-based Berlin Heart, and is the first heart pump approved to help children survive as they await a heart transplant.   The device does the work of a normal heart in children with congenital or other cardiovascular...

2011-04-18 12:40:45

A series of new guidelines for cardiac specialists has been developed to determine when heart failure patients should receive a mechanical heart-pumping device. "The new guidelines will likely affect who is referred for a mechanical circulatory support device, and how early in the process a physician would consider implanting a left ventricular assist device," says Jeffrey A. Morgan, M.D., associate director of Mechanical Circulatory Support at Henry Ford Hospital. "These guidelines have the...

2009-11-17 07:00:00

Study highlights: -- Continuous flow heart pump improved survival better than pulsating pump for heart failure patients ineligible for transplant. -- The new, continuous flow left ventricular assist device is smaller, quieter and more durable than pulsating models. ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new, continuous flow heart pump, or left ventricular assist device (LVAD), delivered better two-year survival in advanced heart failure patients than the current pulsatile...

2009-10-27 13:56:49

UT Southwestern Medical Center patient Michael LeBlanc, 40, is the first in North Texas to receive the newest generation of a mechanical device designed to improve heart function. It will be his lifeline while he awaits a heart transplant. Called a left-ventricular assist device (LVAD), its purpose is to help a patient's weakened heart pump blood throughout the body. For Mr. LeBlanc, it will help his ailing heart continue to pump until the Irving resident receives a new heart. UT Southwestern...

2009-09-03 14:02:00

NEW YORK and BEIRUT, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A medical team at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) has successfully performed the first artificial heart implant in Lebanon, saving the life of a 37-year-old man suffering from terminal heart failure. Led by two AUB doctors, the six-hour operation, which took place on August 28, 2009, was deemed a success after the patient survived the first critical 72 hours and showed improvements in all his vital signs. The artificial...

2009-04-02 20:25:37

Patients with severe heart failure can be bridged to eventual transplant by a new, smaller and lighter implantable heart pump, according to a just-completed study of the device. Results of this third-generation heart assist device were reported at the 58th annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology on March 30.The device, called a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), is the latest generation of heart assist devices. The LVAD was tested at five main sites: Washington University...

2008-07-17 09:01:20

On July 10, the Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute's Mechanical Circulatory Support Team performed its first 2008 implant of the CardioWest(TM) temporary Total Artificial Heart on a 57-year-old male patient. The Medical Center implanted its first CardioWest artificial heart in May 2007 as a bridge to human heart transplant. The latest implant follows the recent arrival of Dr. Aly El-Banayosy, the new Director of the Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute's Intensive Care...

2006-09-05 16:49:28

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seriously ill heart failure patients expected to live only a month and ineligible for transplant can get an implant of a permanent artificial heart, U.S. health officials ruled on Tuesday. The grapefruit-sized, titanium-and-plastic device -- Abiomed Inc.'s AbioCor artificial heart -- may give patients only a few extra months and costs about $250,000. The 14 men who received the two-pound artificial heart in a study lived less than five months...


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2010-10-14 16:46:25

The artificial heart, a mechanical heart replacement, is typically used in order to bridge the time to heart transplant or to replace the heart in case a transplant is impossible. Often ventricular assist devices are confused with mechanical hearts because the assist the heart through pumps. They are also different from a cardiopulmonary bypass machine which is an external device used to provide the function of the heart and lungs. CPBs are usually only used for a few hours at a time,...

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