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New Life Saving Heart Pump Developed

A medical research team at Leicester University are currently developing a brand new heart pump which can help those who are suffering with heart failure. Also known as the LVAD – or Left Ventricular Assist Device – the artificial heart pump can be used on those who are currently waiting for a heart transplant, but are not likely to survive the wait. 

The surgery will include a laparoscopic surgery, where the new heart pump can be inserted not into, but next to the existing heart, as to avoid as much possibility of infection and blood clotting. The LVAD is said to save and improve the quality of lives of patients worldwide and is being funded by the British Heart Foundation. 

Dr David Adlam, Associate Professor and Interventional Cardiologist in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, said: “Someone who’s had a severe heart attack, for example, can deteriorate rapidly with heart pump failure and often isn’t well enough to be transferred for open-heart surgery under a general anaesthetic. What we need is a device that can be implanted through the skin using techniques commonly used in most heart attack centres so it is available when and where it’s needed. For patients who only need temporary support, it can also be easily taken out when the heart has had time to recover.

“The work we’re doing is happening in parallel with simultaneous advances, such as those in battery technology. We’re seeing the development of smaller, lighter batteries that can potentially be re-charged across the skin.

“Even with current treatments, there are also many heart failure patients who still have symptoms that substantially reduce their quality of life. There’s a real unmet need for new technologies to help these patients.”

The team is looking to test the device on humans in as short as as 2 and a half years time. 

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September 6, 2019

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