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In The News Archives For 2011

Garland Woman's Heart Pump Makes Medical History

December 29, 2011

Medical City doctor talks about life-saving heart pump

December 28, 2011

Five million people in the United States suffer from congestive heart failure. It's a serious condition where the heart can't pump enough blood through your body. In a News 8 Daybreak exclusive, Cynthia Izaguirre talks with the doctor who helped save Shirley Wilber's life, Dr. Todd Dewey, of Medical City Dallas.

Implantable heart pump saving lives

December 28, 2011

If you need an organ transplant, there's no guarantee one will be available for you.
University of Toledo Medical Center's Dr. Mark Bonnell talks about in this edition of FOX Toledo Talk Back about the implantable mechanical heart pump that's being used in Toledo to save lives.

Heart pump gives new life to Benton woman

December 26, 2011

LaDonna McCormack had hoped to have a new heart by Christmas.
She didn't get it, but she got the next best thing: a tiny heart pump that is literally saving her life every day.

High School Athlete Awaiting Heart Transplant Goes Home For Holidays

December 22, 2011

A Florida high school athlete on a heart assist device, and awaiting a heart and kidney transplant, will be going home Friday just in time to celebrate the holidays with his family.

Implanted blood pump heartens Toledoan’s Yule

December 17, 2011

James Howell can get around on his own this holiday season after two area surgeons replaced his failed heart with an artificial blood pump in what appears to be the first such surgery in northwest Ohio.

New heart pump makes Toledo debut

December 16, 2011

For those waiting on a heart transplant, a new mechanical heart pump known as the LVAD can give the patient a new lease on life.

Miracle Heart Pump

December 1, 2011

"My heart was failing. I was dying. It was as simple as that," Bill Sowden, 80, remembers. "They told me I had four to six weeks to live. I began to put my affairs in order. I even arranged for the music I wanted performed at my funeral." That was more than five years ago.

My Device: LVAD

November 28, 2011

More than 5 million Americans are afflicted with congestive heart failure. Of these, 70,000 will have advanced heart failure that cannot be treated with conventional therapies. For these patients, the one-year survival rate is less than 50 percent and is associated with an extremely poor quality of life.

Pennsylvania Man Thankful for Artificial Heart Pump

November 21, 2011

When the Bell family gathers Thursday to give thanks, they will add the doctors and nurses at the University of Rochester Medical Center to the list of blessings received this year. For the first time in six months, patriarch Kyle Bell will be at the table, following life-saving care for his failing heart.

Saint Thomas Hospital implants heart device that fills transplant void

October 12, 2011

Ruby Howell can sing again.

The Bionic Heart

October 11, 2011

Heart disease kills more Americans than any other illness. But a new game-changing medical breakthrough can now keep women active and vital--and will one day make heart transplants virtually obsolete.

The HeartMate 2 L-Vad: Dr. Philip Rozeman

October 5, 2011

The HeartMate 2 L-Vad: Dr. Philip Rozeman

Prescription Arkansas: The HeartMate

October 5, 2011

Legendary football coach, Jimmy "red" Parker, 79, has experienced some challenges in his life. The former coach of Citadel in South Carolina, Clemson, Arkansas, A&M, and more has faced some worthy opponents.

Texas Children's Hospital Explants Heart Assist Device: Sends Teen Home with a Healed Heart

August 3, 2011

Texas Children's Hospital is the nation's first pediatric hospital to both surgically implant and later explant a mechanical ventricular assist device (VAD), inside the chest of a teen with chronic heart failure as a bridge to recovery, avoiding heart transplantation.

Former Riverhead councilman home after life-saving heart surgery

July 25, 2011

Former Riverhead councilman Jim Lull may not have a pulse, but he's feeling better than he's felt in a very long time.

Space Shuttle Technology a Real Lifesaver

July 21, 2011

The Space Shuttle Atlantis touched down Thursday morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida just a few hours before 77 year old Jim Myers checked out of his room at The Heart Hospital Baylor-Plano.

Sharp study shows heart pumps work for older heart failure patients

June 28, 2011

Patients 70 years of age or older can have good functional recovery, survival and quality of life for at least two years after undergoing left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy for heart failure, according to the results of a clinical study at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

JACC: Older HF patients have good LVAD outcomes at community hospitals

June 16, 2011

Advanced age (older than 70 years) should not be used as an independent contraindication when selecting a heart failure (HF) patient for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy at experienced community hospital centers, based on results of a single-center study in the June 21 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Clinical Strategies and Outcomes in Advanced Heart Failure Patients Older Than 70 Years of Age Receiving the HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device

June 11, 2011

The primary objective of this study was to determine outcomes in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients older than age 70 years.

Storytellers: Heart pump keeps Valley man alive

May 9, 2011

Kevin Lausch couldn't speak because of the tubes in his throat, so he reached for his wife's hand and, using his finger, slowly wrote "p-r-i-e-s-t" in her palm.

Heart machine keeps man ticking

April 27, 2011

A swim in the ocean off a beach in the Virgin Islands topped Thomas Nichols' bucket list.

No cowardly lions

April 14, 2011

Life comes one beat at a time for heart transplant patients before and after surgery.

Man Gets Second Chance At Life

February 19, 2011

A technology for patients experiencing heart failure is available in Omaha. The device allows more people to be eligible for heart transplants.

Heart pump heaps hope on patients

February 9, 2011

It's been three years now since surgeons began using a new heart pump inside patients' bodies and they couldn't be happier with the results.

Valentine Goes Home With New Heart

February 8, 2011

For many people Valentine’s Day is a holiday filled with love, romance and affection. It’s a time for meaningful cards, flowers and sentimental gifts. But this year, one Sacramento Valentine received a gift like no other. He received the gift of life – a new heart.

Pump bridges the gap from old heart to new

January 27, 2011

Two years ago heart disease left Gary Smith so weak that he struggled to walk from his recliner to the bathroom.

From the Brink: Ventricular Assist Devices for Heart Failure

January 21, 2011

Sometimes it pays to be a zebrafish. You could stab a zebrafish in the heart, and that zebrafish would grow new heart muscle and keep on swimming.

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