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AGH Joins Select Group of Medical Centers in Study of Promising New Technology for Treatment of Heart Failure
Date:6/16/2009

ble computer control system and power supply. This exterior control system enables the medical team to customize the device for optimal blood flow.

Designed for long-term patient support, the DuraHeart device houses a centrifugal flow rotary pump with an active magnetically levitated impeller. The impeller features three position sensors and magnetic coils, providing stability within the pump that optimizes blood flow and minimizes device wear and tear.

In the study at AGH, DuraHeart is being evaluated as bridge to transplant for patients awaiting heart transplantation who are at risk of death due to end-stage left ventricular failure.

“The DuraHeart LVAS is an important technological advancement in the field of mechanical circulatory support and the preliminary results with this device are very encouraging,” said David Dean, M.D., principal investigator of the DuraHeart trial at AGH and surgical director of Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute.

An estimated 5.7 million Americans suffer from CHF, a chronic condition caused by a weakened heart muscle that over time becomes unable to pump enough oxygen-rich blood throughout the body to support its vital organs.

Congestive heart failure is the number-one reason for hospitalization in the country and as with any illness, early diagnosis and treatment are critical to managing the disease.

“There are a number of medications that when combined with a proper diet and regular exercise may improve a patient’s condition and strengthen their heart. In the most severe cases, however, a heart transplant often becomes necessary. These patients benefit tremendously from centers like AGH with the most advanced expertise and technological capabilities,” said Raymond Benza, M.D., medical director of Heart Failure, Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support i
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