Miniature Heart Monitor Keeps Kids Alive Until Transplant

September 30, 2008

According to a new study published in the journal Circulation, a miniature heart pump has been proven to be successful in keeping kids alive until they can get a heart transplant......Washington (ChattahBox) – According to a new study published in the journal Circulation, a miniature heart pump has been proven to be successful in keeping kids alive until they can get a heart transplant.

Researchers in the U.S> tested out the Excor pediatric ventricular assist device from Berlin Heart GmbH.

They tested this device out on a total of nine children, who were all severely ill and waiting for a heart transplant.

In the end, it proved to be helpful for eight of the nine kids, as eight received their hearts and were fine.

The other child unfortunately died due to kidney failure.

These heart pumps are approved in the U.S. for adults, but there are no devices approved for children as of yet.

The idea behind them is to use the artificial heart pump to stay alive while waiting for a heart transplant.


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