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In The News Archives For 2008

Heart aid pumps joy into Christmas

December 23, 2008

After spending 36 days in Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City and 10 more in an apartment there, the 50-year-old Tulsan came home Friday with a battery-operated heart pump implanted in his chest.

Teen gets partial artificial heart

December 18, 2008

Two children with a mechanical heart device met at TX Children's Hospital today.

Ahead of the Bell: Thoratec HeartMate II data

December 5, 2008

Medical device maker Thoratec Corp. says clinical trial data shows its new HeartMate II pump is more effective than one of its older products in patients who are too ill to receive a heart transplant.

Teen Lives 4 Months With No Heart, Leaves Hospital

November 18, 2008

D'Zhana Simmons says she felt like a “fake person” for 118 days when she had no heart beating in her chest. “But I know that I really was here,” the 14-year-old said, “and I did live without a heart.”

Minn. man finds prolonged life with ‘Heartmate 2’

November 14, 2008

A cord attached to a battery pack is what one Minnesota man attributes to keeping him alive.

Why heart pumps could kill off the transplant

November 2, 2008

When the South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard carried out the first heart transplant in December 1967, the world held its breath. His patient, 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky, lived for only another 18 days. The drugs he needed to stop his body rejecting the new organ compromised his immune system to such an extent he couldn’t fight off other illnesses, and he died of pneumonia. But the precedent had been set: the most powerful and emotionally iconic of human organs could be taken from the body of a dead person to give the chance of an extended life to another. It was a transforming, era-defining moment that reinforced our faith in medical science and ensured Barnard’s place in history. But how successful would heart transplantation be in the long term?

Staying alive

October 28, 2008

William Sowdon was constantly losing his breath and could only walk at a snail's pace. Laura Huber, at 28, had a rare case of postpartum cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle is inflamed and doesn't function well.

Teen picture of health a year later

October 15, 2008

Clad in a blue skirt and a white top and jacket paired with a pair of white high-heeled shoes, a blue chain and a white slingbag, the teenager was every bit a fashionista as she flashed a confident smile at those present at a news conference organised by the National Heart Institute.

Saved - by an artificial heart the size of a thumb that plugged into the mains

October 13, 2008

Around 20,000 Britons suffer from dilated cardiomyopathy, which weakens their heart muscles, putting them at serious risk of heart failure. James Jackson, 22, a labourer from Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, had an artificial heart implanted to keep him alive while his own heart recovered, as he tells Thea Jourdan.

For Bellingham dentist, a harrowing and miraculous journey to his new heart

September 22, 2008

If not for the persistence of the woman who loved him, Jeff L. Frere's life may have ended suddenly and mysteriously at the young age of 46, at least until an autopsy showed the damage to his heart and arteries.

Thoratec Corp. — Mending Broken Hearts

September 10, 2008

For patients suffering from advanced-stage heart failure and awaiting heart transplantation, the approval of Thoratec's HeartMate II by the FDA on April 21, represents a new hope, as drug therapies have not proven to be an effective solution. The device was approved in Europe as early as November 2005.

Benefit to assist heart patient

September 4, 2008

Ken Whitney has had so many heart attacks that even a close family friend isn't sure whether it's been six or seven. He's also had at least four surgeries related to his heart, including two triple bypasses.

FDA Approval Of Heart Pump May Give New Hope To Patients

August 26, 2008

Heart transplants offer hope to more than 2,000 advanced heart failure patients each year. But roughly 250,000 people die from the chronic heart disease.

Heart device pumping new life in patients, firm's bottomline

August 20, 2008

The heart of Chula Vista resident Debra Kinney was down to its last beats.

Take Heart From HeartMate 2

August 16, 2008

There's a new device on the market that will help bridge the gap for those suffering from heart disease and on the lengthy list for a heart transplant.

Patient Who Needed Heart And Kidney Transplant Borrowed Time With Heart Assist Device

August 6, 2008

Seven years after Joaquin Lucio's kidneys shut down, he had a heart attack and was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital where doctors performed an angioplasty to clear his coronary arteries. He also was suffering from idiopathic congestive heart failure - a condition in which the heart becomes weak and enlarged - and a special pacemaker was implanted to provide support.

Quest: Repairing more hearts with implanted pumps

July 21, 2008

When it comes to hearts, Taneal Wilson won the lottery. A small pump implanted to keep the 31-year-old alive long enough for a heart transplant somehow helped Wilson's ravaged heart completely recover instead.

Another UMC First For Mechanical Heart Devices

July 18, 2008

A Tucson man has become the first University Medical Center patient to get a relatively new mechanical heart assist device.

New Life Saving Heart Device

July 17, 2008

The numbers are staggering. An estimated 5-million Americans are affected by congestive heart failure, with nearly 500,000 cases diagnosed each year. But an innovative device is pumping new life into heart patients. And a local hospital has been given the green light to offer this revolutionary procedure.

Health Watch: Heart Transplant Pump

July 15, 2008

Adam Cooper was a healthy college senior until this Spring, when he caught a flu-like virus he just couldn't shake. Now, more than two months after he was hospitalized at St. Joseph's hospital, Adam is finally hoping to go home.

Hopkins: Week 3

July 10, 2008

Earl Ingemann is a live wire. A 19-year-old Bermudan, he is constantly eluding doctors and nurses who want him to stay put and behave like other patients on the heart transplant list. But Earl would rather prowl the hospital, go out for junk food, play video games and get his hair braided. However, he needs something more than a routine heart transplant and doctors are worried.

The CD&D Interview: Gary Burbach

July 8, 2008

Gary Burbach focused on QUALITY of LIFE for HEART FAILURE PATIENTS

Heartmate II leads the way in options for smaller bodies

July 8, 2008

Last month's approval of the advanced generation ventricular assist device (VAD) from Thoratec (Pleasanton, California) "the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist System (LVAS)"  is leading the way in heart pump devices that are smaller, and touted as more efficient, and thus more available for implantation in smaller bodies: women, smaller men and younger people.

Heart pump effectiveness

July 8, 2008

In the coming years, thousands of people with fatal diseases of the heart will continue to enjoy birthdays, weddings, and the company of grandchildren.

Device helps keep heart pumping

July 1, 2008

State-of-the-art technology for heart disease patients is now available in our state.

Heart Pump Gives Patients Needed Time

June 30, 2008

TV CH 43 (FOX) Topeka - A St. Joseph man needs a heart transplant, but he's not eligible for one yet because he just quit smoking a few months ago.

Device Firm Has Hunger For Change

June 27, 2008

Thoratec has no qualms about cannibalizing the market for its first-generation heart pump.

Could heart transplants become a thing of the past?

June 9, 2008

Heart transplants save the lives of more than 2,100 Americans every year. But many more patients are still waiting for a new heart to become available, and hundreds will die without ever getting a second chance at life.

New Technology Provides Hope For Those Suffering Heart Failure

June 9, 2008

Years ago, it was often a death sentence, but in our Healthy Living report, new technology has providing new hope for patients suffering from heart failure.

HeartMate II Helping Patients With Failing Hearts

June 5, 2008

"We've read that it can happen from a cold from pneumonia from arthritis, from regular infections that you would have and not think anything about it." Chuck Simons thought he was just getting another head cold when he went to his doctor in hot springs. That doctor visit ended like a bad dream. "So he came back in and said "Chuck, it's not a head cold," he said, "This is one of the worst EKG's I've ever seen." "He sent me over to a cardiologist in Hot Springs and they said you get to get checked into the hospital, do not pass go."

Patient takes heart with new implant

May 29, 2008

When Al Smith was diagnosed with a rare and fatal heart condition, there was a chance the Victoria man would not live long enough to receive a transplant.

St. Paul's Hospital Performs Unprecedented Number of Mechanical Heart Implants

May 26, 2008

Physicians, patients and representatives from the Province and Provincial Health Services Authority will gather to recognize the B.C. Acute Heart Failure Program's unprecedented number of ventricular assist devices (or mechanical hearts) implanted this year - more than any other program of its kind in Canada.

The Heartsaver

May 15, 2008

It's the number one killer in America, but a brand-new, revolutionary device has the potential to save thousands battling heart disease.

Heart Device Could Have More Uses

May 15, 2008

Right now there are close to 5-million people in America suffering from heart failure. Many of these people would benefit from a heart transplant, but because most of them are over age 65, they're often not eligible for that life-saving operation. Now, doctors at Mayo Clinic are studying a device that could be the answer.

Thoratec's tiny heart pump could offer the sickest cardiac patients an alternative to a transplant

May 5, 2008

David Pierce used to get short of breath every time he climbed the half-flight of stairs in his suburban Detroit home. Four years ago the machinist's congestive heart disease, which had forced him to retire early from his job at General Motors (nyse: GM - news - people ), had advanced to end-stage...

Device Heals The Heart Of North Texas Woman

April 24, 2008

A North Texas woman is alive, thanks to a mechanical device that repaired her diseased heart.

Heart assist device gives Duncanville resident chance at life

April 16, 2008

In the midst of any serious medical condition, it is difficult to be hopeful. Yet for Lois Coker of Duncanville and her family, one significant surgery brought a ray of hope to her diagnosis.

Saved by the Beat of Her Heart

April 4, 2008

As a 17-year-old, Salina Gonzales successfully fought Hodgkin's lymphoma with chemotherapy, and at the time doctors said she'd go on to live a normal life.

How Could a Heart Pump Be as Effective as a Transplant?

March 26, 2008

A new experimental device to help a failing heart is awaiting FDA approval, but it has already helped save the life of one woman who agreed to test it.

The Spinning Heart

March 1, 2008

Greg Jones is slouched in an office chair on the ground floor of his two-story house four miles west of downtown Chicago, a Windows error frozen on the computer screen behind him. I reach for his wrist—no pulse. I feel again, shifting my fingers to cover the radial artery—still nothing. That’s when I look at his face and he gives me a big smile.

Woman Lives With Heart Pump After Major Heart Attack

February 12, 2008

For many people, a failing heart often means a transplant.

Revolutionary Heart Device Closes Gender Gap

January 28, 2008

From the outside, Salina Gonzales looks pretty much like any other shopper—but it's what's going on inside her body that is so remarkable.

Show of heart

January 17, 2008

The system controller, an electronic device strapped around Jose Vargas' waist, suddenly buzzed while a row of tiny lights flashed.

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