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In The News Archives For 2007

The Mysterious Human Heart

October 17, 2007

Endlessly Beating examines the heart as a muscle - pumping almost 100,000 times a day, pushing approximately five quarts of blood in an endless course to deliver oxygen to every cell of the human body. This hour tells the story of the normal heart through the histories of three people with end-stage heart failure, where a pump may be a temporary remedy, but in the long term, a transplant is almost always necessary.

Barnes-Jewish's Artificial Heart Program celebrates 10 years

October 2, 2007

Oct. 1, 1997 marked a significant date in the history of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. For the first time in their long history, a patient suffering from end-stage heart failure had a portable ventricular assist device (VAD) implanted to help his failing heart beat.

Lighter, improved heart pump

September 25, 2007

The strap and battery pack worn over Roger-Guy M. Folly's shoulder gives new meaning to wearing your heart on your sleeve.

Pump buys time in wait for a heart

September 22, 2007

For Steven "Stretch" Andersen, the signs of heart failure were hard to ignore: Winded after climbing a few bleacher steps at the NASCAR race in Las Vegas, unable to finish even half a New York steak, his normally ruddy complexion turning a dull gray.

Savannah Woman First in Georgia to Receive HeartMate II Device at Emory

June 27, 2007

Surgeons at Emory University Hospital recently implanted Georgia's first HeartMate II ventricular assist device (VAD) as a form of destination therapy (in place of a donor transplant) for individuals who are not eligible for, or unwilling to undergo, a heart transplant.

Heart-pump pioneers at LDS

June 5, 2007

Stanley Roberts was once cardiologist Dr. William Mackie's physician's assistant. Years later, when Roberts' heart was failing, his doctor-friend said he held Roberts together with "baling wire and duct tape."

Heart-Assist Device Gives Culver City Man A Good Quality Of Life

May 28, 2007

Mark Heiner of Culver City reads books, paints artistically, takes walks and does laundry activities that would be considered routine except for the fact that a four-pound disk implanted in his abdominal cavity is keeping his blood flowing.

New Device May Heal Damaged Hearts

April 9, 2007

Left Ventricular Assist Devices, Or LVADs, Could Put Patients On The Road To Recovery

Breakthrough heart surgery patient recuperating

March 17, 2007

Nokkie Gerrits is the first man in Africa to receive the Heartmate. The left ventrical assist device is an electrical machine that performs the pumping function of the heart while the patient receives treatment. If the heart recovers enough to start pumping again, the device can be removed.

Single mom of 2 goes through chemo with heart pump

February 26, 2007

She was seven months pregnant and diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Berkeley Heights womans heart receives boost with new implant

February 14, 2007

Delores Treich, 72, of Berkeley Heights was critically-ill when she was transferred from a referring hospital to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in December. Her heart was functioning at only 5% capacity before she underwent surgery to have the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implanted. This lifesaving procedure was performed by Margarita T. Camacho, MD, surgical director of Cardiac Transplantation and Assist Devices at the Saint Barnabas Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Ailing County Official Glad To Be Alive, Glad To Be a Gator Fan

January 10, 2007

He had cancer surgery and got a heart device, and through it all, he didn't miss a game.

Fairland Man Benefits From Heart Device

January 5, 2007

FAIRLAND, Okla. - John Brock's heart failed while looking into the mouth of an open grave.

Medicare Policy Could Boost Thoratec

January 3, 2007

A late December Medicare proposal to increase the number of hospitals authorized to implant a specialized mechanical heart device made by Thoratec could significantly expand the market for the company's products, an analyst said Wednesday.

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