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Thoratec Announces FDA Approval of HeartMate II(R) for Destination Therapy
Date:1/20/2010

eartMate II's experience with BTT patients, and we look forward to facilitating the adoption of this therapy among a wider group of patients. We believe the HeartMate II represents clinically proven technology, and when combined with our new HeartMate peripherals, offers a compelling and economically viable therapy for heart failure patients. Our focus now is to educate the referring cardiologist community about the efficacy of the device and continue to help VAD centers bring on DT programs. Through our training initiatives, support for centers and educational programs targeted to referring cardiologists, we are committed to advancing the field of mechanical circulatory support and improving the outcomes for a much broader population of advanced-stage heart failure patients," Burbach continued.

The HeartMate II and the HeartMate XVE are the only devices approved by the FDA for both DT and BTT. A continuous flow device, the HeartMate II is an implantable LVAS powered by a rotary pumping mechanism and is designed to have a much longer functional life than pulsatile devices and to operate more simply and quietly. The device provides blood flow through the circulatory system on a continuous basis with only one moving part. It is also smaller and easier to implant than previously approved pulsatile devices.

Thoratec is a world leader in therapies to address advanced-stage heart failure. The company's product lines include the Thoratec® VAD (Ventricular Assist Device) and HeartMate LVAS with more than 14,000 devices implanted in patients suffering from heart failure. Additionally, its International Technidyne Corporation (ITC) division is a leader in point-of-care blood testing and skin incision products. Thoratec is headquartered in Pleasanton, California. For more information, visit the company's web sites at

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