Heart pumps improve survival in patients with severe heart failureBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7322.1147 (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1147
- Susan Mayor
Implanted heart pumps doubled one year survival and significantly improved quality of life in patients with severe heart failure in a three year study reported this week at the American Heart Association scientific sessions in Anaheim, California.
Pump devices have previously been used for a short time while patients waited for heart transplants, but the trial was the first to investigate their use over a prolonged period. The three year study included 129 patients with end stage heart failure (New York Heart Association class IV) who were ineligible for cardiac transplantation …