New Heart Pump - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/7/02

New Heart Pump

It's called Heartmate, and it's made by the Thoratec Corporation. It's a heart assist device designed to provide patients with pumping support for the heart, but the best advantage is this is the first pump that can be permanently implanted in congestive heart failure patients who have a life expectancy of less than two years.

The study, which led to the FDA approval, showed that the pump nearly doubled the survival rate at one year, and tripled survival at two years. The FDA says there are about 100,000 congestive heart failure patients who do not qualify for a donor heart but might be helped by this new permanent implant.

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