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In Brief: Thermo Cardiosystems HeartMate

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Thermo Cardiosystems HeartMate: Left ventricular-assist system is implanted for the first time in the U.K. as a permanent alternative to heart transplant. The procedure is the first of a "series of implants in which the electric LVAS will be used to permanently take over the pumping function of natural hearts too weak to beat adequately on their own," the company says. Woburn, Massachusetts-based Thermo Cardiosystems says it is "actively working" with FDA to begin a study of the HeartMate as a "permanent alternative to other medical treatments for patients who do not qualify for transplants." HeartMate was approved by FDA in October 1994 for use as a bridge-to-heart transplant ("The Gray Sheet" Oct. 10, 1994, p. 1)...

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