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Swedish clinics achieve excellent outcome with EXCOR® assist device program

02-08-2011 05:55 PM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Berlin Heart

Swedish clinics achieve excellent outcome with EXCOR® assist

It is only three years ago, when the Sahlgrenska University Hospital and the Queen Silvia Children Hospital in Sweden started to implant the EXCOR® ventricular assist device (VAD) to patients suffering from severe heart failure. In the event of the own heart no longer being able to provide the vital pump function of pumping blood through the body, the device offers a life-saving therapy for patients of every age and body size. The results the two hospitals are already achieving by using the assist device, are excellent. With a current 92% survival rate, the EXCOR® system bridges the time until a matching donor heart becomes available for the patient. Although the waiting time for a heart transplant in Sweden is shorter than in other countries, the device is essential. The Sahlgrenska University Hospital has just implanted the 2.000th EXCOR® device. Prof. Dr. Ulf Kjellman, chief of the VAD program, implemented the operation and recalls most satisfied: „The patient’s condition was quite critical when he came here. Since he received the EXCOR® system he is recovering fast. We are optimistic he can be discharged home soon“. The well functioning VAD team around Prof. Dr. Kjellman in Gothenburg works extremely professional and confident with the system, which obviously is one of their success factors. Immediately after having established the VAD program, the Swedish team joined a product training from Berlin Heart, where system handling, patient management and pre-, intra- and post-operative issues were discussed. In order to intensify their knowledge and for the latest VAD information, they are coming to visit Berlin Heart in Germany in spring time.

About Berlin Heart
Berlin Heart GmbH is the only company worldwide that develops, produces, and distributes implantable and external ventricular assist devices for patients of every age and body size. The company is the market leader in Germany and Europe.

About the INCOR®
INCOR® is an implantable left ventricular assist device for adults. The impeller, the only moving part within the pump, is magnetically levitated, which makes the pump unique worldwide and ideally suited for long-term support. More than 500 patients have been supported with the system, some of them for several years. The longest support time so far is six years.

About EXCOR®
EXCOR® is a paracorporeal ventricular assist device for patients of all age groups, from newborns to adults. It is used for short-, mid- and long-term cardiac support and can support failing hearts for any duration from a couple of days to several months and years. Since the first implantation in 1988 EXCOR® has been implanted in more than 2.000 patients worldwide.

EXCOR® is currently under clinical investigation for pediatric use in USA. All other products are not FDA approved.

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12247 Berlin

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