Latest Ventricular assist device Stories
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...
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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