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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

n the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute.

Under the direction of Drs. Dean and Benza, AGH last year became the first hospital in Pittsburgh and one of the first in the nation to receive the Joint Commission’s newly required Disease Specific VAD Certification. In the first four months of 2009 alone, the hospital’s medical team performed 18 VAD implants and is actively involved in several state-of-the-art VAD clinical trials for both destination (or permanent) therapy and bridge to transplant purposes.

Approximately 8,000 people worldwide are currently awaiting a heart transplant. Due to a lack of available donors and other possible complications that compromise the procedure, just 3,000 transplants are performed each year on average.

“New technologies like the DuraHeart System are being clinically evaluated to serve as the next frontier of treatment for patients with advanced heart failure. This technology has shown the potential to not only improve a patient’s quality of life, but to extend their survival and increase the likelihood of a successful heart transplant,” said Srinivas Murali, M.D., medical director of the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at AGH.

The DuraHeart Pivotal U.S. Trial will enroll 140 patients. The first Duraheart implant at AGH was performed in early May and was the 10th study patient enrolled in the U.S.

“It is a testament to AGH’s strength in this highly specialized field of cardiovascular medicine that we are among a very select group of academic institutions leading this effort,” Dr. Murali said.

For more information about the DuraHeart Trial at AGH, please contact mcginniscvi(at)wpahs(dot)org or call 1-877-97HEART.

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