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First U.S. Patient to Receive New Heart-Assist Device Doing Well After Surgery at University of Michigan
Date:8/5/2008

ate II and its predecessor HeartMate XVE, and potentially the DuraHeart, may become substitutes for heart transplants over time. They may allow patients to live for years with help from the device, or to recover enough heart function that they no longer need either a device or a transplant. The HeartMate XVE is already approved for this type of "destination" use, and the HeartMate II is currently in a clinical trial for this purpose.

The DuraHeart may hold the same potential, says Pagani, but first it must be tested as a bridge to transplantation. With Anthony Shannon as the pioneer, that test has now begun.

For information on the U-M Cardiovascular Center, visit http://www.umcvc.org or call 1-888-287-1082. For more on the DuraHeart trial, visit http://www.umms.med.umich.edu/engage/detail_pub_study.do?id=3158.


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