Heart pumps improve survival in patients with severe heart failure

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1147
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. Anaheim

    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 …

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