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DuraHeart™ Third-Generation Left Ventricular Assist System Featured at 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Date:10/14/2009

Terumo Heart, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Terumo Corporation, today announced it will feature the latest developments in its advanced DuraHeart™ Left-Ventricular Assist System at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS), Vienna, Austria, October 17-21.

Ann Arbor, Mich. (PRWEB) -- Terumo Heart, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Terumo Corporation, today announced it will feature the latest developments in its advanced DuraHeart™ Left-Ventricular Assist System at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS), Vienna, Austria, October 17-21.

The DuraHeart LVAS is a third-generation mechanical circulatory support device designed for long-term patient use. The DuraHeart LVAS incorporates a centrifugal flow rotary pump with an active magnetically levitated impeller featuring three position sensors and magnetic coils to optimize blood flow, while minimizing device wear and tear.

The DuraHeart LVAS carries a CE Mark and is commercially available in Europe. It is currently being evaluated in the DuraHeart Pivotal U.S. Trial for Bridge to Transplant. The 140-patient U.S. trial will involve up to 40 centers. The device has also completed its clinical trial enrollment for its future submission for review and approval in Japan.

"The DuraHeart LVAS is unique when compared to second-generation devices which use mechanical bearings within the blood chamber to provide circulatory support," said William Pinon, President and CEO, Terumo Heart. "Our technology delivers magnetic levitation for a friction-free environment that ensures long-term durability. In fact, to date our data set includes more than 78 combined patient years with some of our earliest patients remaining on the device for over four years."

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