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CardioWest™ Artificial Heart Approved For Highest Reimbursement in CMS History : Plus Up To $53,000 New Technology Add-on Payments
Date:8/7/2008

der to bridge these patients to transplant. Now, our certified centers can afford to save thousands of end stage heart failure patients."

Originally designed as a permanent replacement heart, the CardioWest artificial heart is currently approved as a bridge to human heart transplant for patients dying from end stage biventricular failure. These patients are often days, if not hours from death. Their survival is dependent upon receiving a matching donor heart, or a CardioWest artificial heart as a bridge-to-transplant.

The CardioWest artificial heart is the first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE Mark approved temporary Total Artificial Heart in the world. There have been more than 740 implants of the CardioWest, accounting for more than 135 patient years of life on the artificial heart.

In the 10-year pivotal clinical study of the CardioWest artificial heart (New England Journal of Medicine 2004; 351: 859-867), 79 percent of patients receiving the CardioWest survived to transplant. This is the highest bridge-to-transplant rate for any heart device in the world.

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