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LVAD Experts Respond To Thoratec HeartMate II Safety Alert

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Health care providers treating patients with a Thoratec HeartMate II left-ventricular assist device should not let the patients switch to the new Pocket Controller until they are completely trained on how to hook-up the new system, experts familiar with the devices say. Ideally, the patients will come into the physician’s office to make the switch.

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