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Heidelberg cardiac surgeons implant world's first new DeBakey Heart Assist Device
Date:8/17/2009

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"The new device has great advantages at only 92 g, it is the smallest and lightest approved VAD in Europe that can completely replace the function of the left ventricle and it works very quietly and effectively with a high flow coefficient," explains Professor Karck. Thus, patients are able to live a nearly normal life at home.

In Europe, the HeartAssist 5 has CE Marks for both adult and pediatric use. In the U.S., the HeartAssist 5, formerly DeBakey VAD Child, is the only FDA-approved pediatric VAD. A bridge-to-transplant IDE clinical study is currently underway in the U.S. for adults.


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Contact: Dr. Matthias Karck
Matthias.karck@med.uni-heidelberg.de
062-215-66272
University Hospital Heidelberg
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