New Heart Pump Extends Life of Heart Failure Patients
An estimated 150,000 Americans have advanced heart failure.
And when standard medical therapy is no longer effective, and a near-term heart transplant is not available, implantable heart pumps often are the only other option for patients.
Results of a comparative clinical study, presented by a Duke cardiologist at the American Heart Associations Scientific Sessions in November 2009, indicate that a new kind of heart pump -- a continuous flow pump -- shows significant improvement in survival for heart failure patients, when compared to the more commonly used pulsatile flow heart pump.
Nov. 30, 2009