Physicians Report Alarming Increase In LVAD Pump Thrombosis

Physicians from three top institutions report an abrupt and highly troubling increase over the last two years in the incidence of pump thrombosis in patients who have received the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device (LVAD) manufactured by Thoractec. The current investigation, published online in the New England Journal of Medicine, was initially prompted by an observed increase in…

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HeartWare LVAD Approved By FDA For Transplant Patients

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The FDA said today that it had granted approval to the HeartWare Ventricular Assist System for use in heart failure patients waiting for a transplant. Approval of the device had been expected after the FDA’s Circulatory System Devices panel recommended approval of the device earlier this year. HeartWare was approved based on data from the pivotal…

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