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WorldHeart buys another ventricular assist device

This article was originally published in Clinica

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WorldHeart, the Oakland, California firm that makes the Novacor LVAS (left ventricular assist system), has acquired another ventricular assist device (VAD) through the purchase of Salt Lake City, Utah-based MedQuest Products. MedQuest's HeartQuest device is a magnetically levitated centrifugal rotary blood pump, while Novacor is a pulsatile device. WorldHeart says pulsatile systems are best suited for end-stage patients with poor ventricular contractility requiring full support, while rotary devices are better for late-stage patients requiring only partial support.

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