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Heart Failure Patient Supported By DuraHeart™ Left-Ventricular Assist System Receives Successful Donor Transplant After Four Years On Device
Date:12/22/2009

Terumo Heart, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Terumo Corporation, today announced that one of its earliest patients to receive the DuraHeart™ Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS) has received a donor heart transplant, nearly four years after receiving the mechanical circulatory support device. Rudolf Schmidthorst, 63, Germany, became one of the longest-living recipients of this device designed to aid the pumping action of the heart in order to circulate blood throughout his body.

(PRWEB) December 22, 2009 -- Terumo Heart, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Terumo Corporation, today announced that one of its earliest patients to receive the DuraHeart™ Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS) has received a donor heart transplant, nearly four years after receiving the mechanical circulatory support device. Rudolf Schmidthorst, 63, Germany, became one of the longest-living recipients of this device designed to aid the pumping action of the heart in order to circulate blood throughout his body.

Schmidthorst received the then investigational device in November 2005, taking part in the DuraHeart™ LVAS clinical trial. He was treated by Latif Arusoglu, MD and Michiel Morshuis, MD, and their team at the Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart and Diabetes center NRW, University Hospital of the Ruhr-University of Bochum in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, as part of a clinical study that would ultimately lead to the device’s CE Mark and commercialization in Europe of the DuraHeart LVAS.

“I am so very lucky to have received a new heart, and another new opportunity to live my life,” said Rudolf Schmidthorst. “The DuraHeart made it possible for me to reach this day.”

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