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American Heart Association Journal Report: Miniaturized Heart Pumps May Be Effective for Children Awaiting Transplant
Date:9/30/2008

ailable in Europe for many years, but they are not approved for use in North America. However, the miniaturized Berlin Heart EXCOR(R) ventricular assist device recently became available in North America on a compassionate use basis, meaning patients can be approved for the pumps if they have no other treatment options.

The data emphasize the importance of continued development and refinement of mechanical ventricular assist devices in the pediatric population, researchers said.

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