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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

cic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart and Diabetes center NRW, University Hospital of the Ruhr-University of Botchum, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, determined Schmidthorsts need for a heart transplant, but were fairly certain he would not survive while waiting for a donor heart without the help of an LVAS.

A heart attack detected too late caused irreparable damage to the patient's myocardium (layer of the heart wall). Physicians at the Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart and Diabetes center NRW, University Hospital of the Ruhr-University of Botchum, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, determined Schmidthorsts need for a heart transplant, but were fairly certain he would not survive while waiting for a donor heart without the help of an LVAS.

“Patients suffering from late-stage heart failure, and in need of a transplant, are often at the mercy of an unpredictable timeline for a compatible donor heart,” said Professor Jan Gummert, M.D., Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Director of the Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart and Diabetes center NRW, University Hospital of the Ruhr-University of Bochum in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. “Device performance and durability are critical for these patients, and the DuraHeart has consistently shown its ability to deliver long-term benefits. We have tremendous confidence in the device.”

The intent of the implant of the DuraHeart LVAS was as a bridge to transplant. Due to the scarcity of donor organs, patients can sometimes be on the waiting list for many months until a suitable donor becomes available. During that time, a patient’s condition can deteriorate dramatically until no other alternative is available to them. The left ventricular assist systems offer the patient a second chance while waiting for a suitable donor

“I have been able to live a normal life with the DuraHeart,” said Schmidthorst. “Over the past four years, the exte
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