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Special Pump Could Prevent Cardiac Related Deaths

by VR Sreeraman on January 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM
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 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.

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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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