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First human implant for heart assist device:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Thoratec says that surgeons in Europe have performed the first human trial of its implantable ventricular assist device (IVAD). The device was implanted in a 63-year old heart failure patient in Germany. Weighing less than 0.5kg, the device is an implantable version of the firm's approved Thoratec VAD system, providing circulatory support for both the left and right ventricles. The Pleasanton, California firm says it is also preparing to start a clinical trial of the device in the US.

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