by VR Sreeraman on  January 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM Medical Gadgets
 Special Pump Could Prevent Cardiac Related Deaths
Special pump fitted to heart failure patients may help prevent hundreds of cardiac related deaths, experts say.

The battery-powered devices are plumbed into the left side of the heart to keep it beating if drugs don't work.

At present only patients awaiting a heart transplant, about 90 a year, are fitted with LVADs (left ventricular assist devices), the Daily Express reported.

Surgeons say they could be a long-term solution for serious heart failure or even an alternative to transplants.

Source: ANI

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