Cardiac pump `could bring down deaths in heart patients`

London: Cardiac surgeons say that hundreds of deaths could be prevented if heart failure patients were fitted with a special pump.

The battery-powered devices are plumbed into the left side of the heart to keep it beating if drugs don’t work.

At present only patients awaiting a heart transplant, about 90 a year, are fitted with LVADs (left ventricular assist devices), the Daily Express reported.

Surgeons say they could be a long-term solution for serious heart failure or even an alternative to transplants.


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