Experts gathered by the National Institutes of Health recently urged testing heart pumps on patients who aren't quite as sick, instead of reserving them for the near-dead like doctors do today.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Repairing more hearts with implanted pumps
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. Only a lucky few are ever weaned off those implants, their rested hearts able to work on their own again. How to duplicate those successes is one of cardiology's biggest questions - as a new generation of the heart pumps begins U.S. testing.