New implantable VAD for severe heart failure in kids shows encouraging results in sheep


IMAGE: The study evaluated the biocompatibility and hemodynamic performance of the Infant Jarvik 2015 in the chronic sheep model.
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Credit: Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston

The number of children with severe heart failure is increasing. Over the last decade, ventricular assist devices (VADs) have become the standard of care in the management of severe heart failure. In adults, implantable VADs (i.e. pumps placed within the chest) are used exclusively, due in part to favorable risk profiles and, more importantly, the opportunity for home discharge and outpatient management. By contrast, no implantable VADs designed specifically for small children (approximately 5 to 20 kg) are currently available. The result is that the vast majority of pediatric patients with severe heart

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