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In The News Archives For 2009

Giving a Heart a Hand

December 16, 2009

Thousands of heart-failure patients die each year because they aren't able to get a transplanted organ. Now, many medical experts are touting the benefits of a new mechanical pump that gives a patient's own heart a new lease on life.

'Bionic man' awaits a beating heart

December 10, 2009

Most guys want expensive electronics for Christmas.

Advanced Heart Failure Treatment with Continuous-Flow Ventricular Assist Device

December 3, 2009

Patients with advanced heart failure have improved survival rates and quality of life when treated with implanted pulsatile-flow left ventricular assist devices as compared with medical therapy. New continuous-flow devices are smaller and may be more durable than the pulsatile-flow devices.

Life Saving Heart Surgery in Pocatello

December 3, 2009

A man in Pocatello is lucky to be alive after a middle of the night scare when he started having shortness of breath. After rushing to Portneuf Medical Center, he went immediately into surgery for blood clots.

Texas Children's Hospital Achieves Pediatric Cardiology "First Discharges Teen with Mechanical Heart Assist Device"

November 29, 2009

Texas Children's Hospital is the nation's first pediatric hospital to discharge a child while on an intracorporeal ventricular assist device (VAD), a feat previously accomplished only at adult institutions. The patient, 16-year-old Francisco "Frank" De Santiago, who was implanted with a mechanical heart pump called the HeartMate II on May 19, 2009, was discharged on Oct. 29, 2009.

'Bridge to a transplant': Rainier woman among first to use innovative heart pump

November 26, 2009

Wendy Zieliski has a favorite photo on the wall of her Rainier home. In it, she and her husband and two of their grandchildren have beaming smiles, a snowy Mount Adams in the background. That photo has helped the 61-year-old woman get through more than a year with a failing heart.

Mark Slaughter, MD: the HeartMate 2 trial

November 22, 2009

Dr. Slaughter, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Louisville, discusses the new HeartMate II destination therapy data presented at the AHA 2009 meeting.

AHA: Positive Findings Are Rare but Welcome in Heart Failure

November 18, 2009

Recent years have brought little good news in heart failure research, as a string of studies have reported null findings. But two studies discussed in this exclusive MedPage Today InFocus™ report buck that trend.

HMII: Continuous flow LVAD outperforms pulsatile flow

November 17, 2009

In the HeartMate II Destination Therapy trial, the continuous flow HeartMate II left ventricular assist device did a better job at improving six-minute walk distance, survival and adverse events compared with the pulsatile flow HeartMate XVE left ventricular assist device.

AHA: New Trumps Old in Comparison of Heart Pumps

November 17, 2009

A newer-generation left ventricular assist device, HeartMate II, improved outcomes more as destination therapy for advanced heart failure than an older device, HeartMate XVE

Health Buzz: New Heart Pump Outperforms Old Model and Other Health News

November 17, 2009

A study comparing two versions of Thoratec Corp.'s heart pump showed that patients live longer if they receive the newer model, Reuters reports.

New Heart Pump Improves Survival By Factor Of Four

November 17, 2009

A new type of heart pump significantly improves survival in people with severe heart failure, according to a study presented Tuesday at an American Heart Association conference and published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

New heart-assist device significantly improves survival in heart failure patients

November 17, 2009

Mechanical pumps originally designed to supplement the pumping action of a failing heart and keep the patient alive until a transplant could be found have taken a major step toward becoming a permanent treatment, a development that could expand their use to tens of thousands of patients in the United States alone.

Heart of gold

October 25, 2009

Six months ago, Spruce Grove Saints forward Shane Lehman celebrated an Alberta Junior Hockey League regular season championship by hoisting the Dave Duchak Trophy... That night was the beginning of the end of a hockey career

Hospital hosts training for first responders

October 22, 2009

St. Elizabeth Community Hospital Emergency Department hosted a special heart pump training for all first responders in the county.

One inspiring story in the sea of runners

October 19, 2009

Sunday morning about 10,000 runners took to the streets for the 4th annual Denver Marathon.

Mechanical heart keeps Missouri man alive as he awaits heart transplant

September 29, 2009

Michael Price's heart doesn't beat.

Man lives with mechanical heart

September 10, 2009

When a doctor listens to Mike Price's heart through a stethoscope, the doctor doesn't hear a heartbeat. He hears a whirring sound. That's because of this machine, the Heart Mate Two Left Ventricular Assist Device, or LVAD.

Device buys time for man

September 4, 2009

Thomas Joyner no longer feels his heart whir when he puts his hand to his chest. He can feel it beat again. A revolutionary device embedded near his heart gave him time to live until a transplant last week.

First heart assist implant patient gets new heart

September 3, 2009

A first of its kind medical procedure in the state is successfully completed on a patient at the Medical University of South Carolina. Thomas Joyner, the first recipient of an implantable heart pump finally gets a new heart after a nearly three month wait.

AUB medical team successfully performs first 'artificial heart' implant in Lebanon

September 3, 2009

An AUB medical team successfully performed, at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, the first 'artificial heart' implant in Lebanon, thus saving the life of a 37-year-old man suffering from terminal heart failure.

Change of Heart

July 27, 2009

For the almost 9,000 Americans waiting for a heart transplant, the chance of ever getting a new heart can be small. But now a new artificial heart is giving heart failure patients more time to live.

New device saving lives at MUSC

July 22, 2009

Patrick Spotola doesn't mince words when he talks about the HeartMate 2.

New Heart Pump is Conveniently Purse-Sized

July 22, 2009

The Heartmate 2, FDA approved last year, is a new purse-sized heart pump. The device helps restore good blood flow to the patient's heart and other organs.

Beating the odds: Medical marvel allows a Stockton woman to outlive her failing heart

July 13, 2009

Death came knocking at Irene Armendarez's door in 2006. The Stockton woman's heart was failing fast, and there appeared to be little hope.

Revolutionary Heart Pump Saves Miami Woman's Life

July 9, 2009

It wasn't that long ago that Orfelina Torres had a hard time taking a short walk and was prone to fainting spells. But now, thanks to a new device she carries around with her wherever she goes, the 58-year-old Torres has a new lease on life.

Woman with rare anemia gets Disney wish, again

June 9, 2009

Jessica Kath has no pulse.

Mechanical hearts keep heart disease patients alive

June 7, 2009

Heart disease patients who are very thankful to be alive, showed their appreciation today at Crown Point. Thankful for a mechanical device, implanted in their chest, that keeps their blood flowing. Mission Bay, filled with heart-felt gratitude from dozens of cardiovascular disease patients whose lives have been saved.

Life-saver for a life saver

June 4, 2009

This time, it was a paramedic and volunteer firefighter who needed rescuing; and the Medical University of South Carolina hospital became the first in the state to implant a device intended to keep him alive and at home while he awaits a new heart.

Minneapolis Cop Needs Heart Transplant

May 27, 2009

After an unrelated surgery in April, Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Blake learned he has major problems with his heart, which doctors say won't last more than two years.

Columbus heart transplant patient leaves hospital after two months

May 24, 2009

After two months in an Atlanta hospital, the time had finally come for Dominique Ogletree to go home to Columbus. A telephone call changed his plans.

Artificial heart mum heads home to spend Mother’s Day with kids

May 10, 2009

Tan Geek Koon is fitted with a “mechanical heart” and she has to lug around a 9kg portable battery if she wants to move about.

Toledo mom was heartbeat from missing today

May 10, 2009

Kristy Kress had never been pregnant before, so when the expectant mother had trouble breathing late last summer, she didn't question those who said it was common.

Pump Gives New Hope To Heart Patients

May 8, 2009

Three years ago, 27-year-old Salina Gonzales was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and was told she had just one month to live.

Local Community Helps in One Boy's Fight To Survive

April 30, 2009

Thanks to the support of his community, a Silver Spring boy is not only surviving but thriving after a potentially fatal virus attacked his heart.

Mother saved by heart pump invention

April 16, 2009

A young mother who was facing death has a new lease of life because she can now plug herself into the electric mains to keep her faulty heart beating.

Mesquite: Community shows lots of heart for one of its own

April 15, 2009

Jessica Kath’s dream of working at Disney World suddenly turned into a nightmare when she collapsed during a parade from congestive heart failure.

Healing A (Literally) Broken Heart

April 11, 2009

It's all thanks to a highly unusual medical procedure that holds promise for the thousands of people every year who need a heart transplant and can't get one, as CBS Evening News Saturday anchor Jeff Glor reports.

New device helps heart patients

April 10, 2009

A new program at Seton is helping patients with heart problems live longer.

Battery-powered heart pump keeps man going and going and going.

April 6, 2009

It might not be an actual human heart, but it is a machine he wears to control the flow of blood from his heart to the rest of his body, wife Andrea Paul said.

HeartMate II Allows More People to be Eligible for Transplant

April 3, 2009

Dewey Smith thought he was sick. When the 61-year old...

It's a new device that could mean a longer life for thousands of people with heart failure.

March 9, 2009

Five million Americans suffer debilitating, even deadly heart failure.

'The highest rates of heart diseases are in India'

February 2, 2009

Dr Arvind Koshal, is one of the two Indo-Canadian recipients of 2008's Order of Canada [Images], the country's highest civilian honor. Dr Koshal, director, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Edmonton, Alberta, said the award was in recognition of his "contributions to cardiac surgeries and for developing the leading cardiac care center in the country." The other awardee is dancer Lata Pada.

The Future is Now

February 1, 2009

The inventor tinkering in a garage and coming up with a better mousetrap is a cherished American image. These days, that tinkering is likely to take place at a sophisticated computer or high-powered microscope. But no matter how they do their work, scientists continue to come up with ingenious and useful advances. Here are a few gee-whiz breakthroughs that are already helping us, or soon will.

Challenges no problem for Bowie ‘Iron Man'

January 29, 2009

When Bowie 16-year-old Miles Davis returned to classes at the Nora School in Silver Spring earlier this school year, other students didn't know how to treat him. He'd just had open-heart surgery to implant a left ventricular assist device, a mechanical pump to help his failing heart, and he wore a battery pack around his waist to keep it operating.

The Medical Minute: Modern heart failure therapies improving life

January 27, 2009

Heart failure is a common medical condition. In fact, it is the most common cause of hospitalization for people over the age of 65. The very name is frightening — heart failure sounds as though someone may die at any moment. Indeed, the risk of dying from it was high in the past. But medical and surgical advances over the past 20 years have changed the nature of heart failure treatment from simply trying to slow progression of the disease to one where we can actually improve the heart’s condition. Today, heart failure is a chronic disease that people can live with for many years while maintaining a good quality of life.

Keeping heart patients alive

January 10, 2009

An estimated five million people across the nation are suffering from congestive heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. That figure is expected to double in the next 30 years. More than half a million new cases are diagnosed every year.

Lifewatch: Heartmate

January 9, 2009

Five million Americans suffer from debilitating heart failure.

Continuous flow heart pumps are wave of the future: expert

January 3, 2009

CONTINUOUS flow heart pumps are going to be the ‘wave of the future’ for treating heart failure, a visiting expert told a cardiovascular symposium hosted yesterday by Hamad Medical Corporation.

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