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SCIENCE
September 6, 2006 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Federal regulators on Tuesday approved the first fully implantable artificial heart for use by dying heart failure patients who are not eligible for a transplant. The device, called AbioCor, was tested in 14 male patients. The 12 who survived the surgery lived an average of five months after receiving the mechanical heart.
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NEWS
November 15, 2001 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
Robert Tools, the first patient to receive a totally implantable artificial heart, suffered a stroke on Sunday and remains in serious condition, surgeons at Louisville's Jewish Hospital said Wednesday. The cause of the damage was a blood clot that lodged in an artery on the left side of Tools' brain, said Dr. Laman Gray, one of the surgeons. "There's no question about it," he said. "It's been confirmed by a CT scan."
NEWS
January 13, 1993 | From Associated Press
A gravely ill woman received an artificial heart in the nation's first such operation in nearly two years. Sharoyn Loughran, 46, was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after receiving the plastic-and-metal CardioWest pump Monday night during a four-hour operation at University Medical Center of the University of Arizona. Doctors said the implant was meant to keep her alive until she can receive a human heart in a month or two.
HEALTH
June 6, 2005 | Linda Marsa, Special to The Times
Donor organs are scarce enough for adults with heart failure. For infants and young children, the prognosis can be even grimmer. Not only are fewer organs available, the hearts of the very young can fail suddenly, without the symptoms that older people usually exhibit. Although mechanical heart pumps are routinely used to help adolescents and adults buy some time, they're too big for small children.
NATIONAL
March 18, 2004 | From Reuters
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel Wednesday recommended that the federal government for the first time grant general approval for transplant centers nationwide to use an artificial heart. The CardioWest Total Artificial Heart by SynCardia Systems would be the first on the market if the panel's recommendation is followed by the FDA. The agency usually agrees with the advice of its expert panels.
NEWS
January 23, 2000 | DAVID KINNEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Building an artificial heart seemed so easy in the 1960s: design a pump, implant the contraption in a patient's chest and hook it up to the arteries. How naive medical researchers were in that era of moon shots.
BUSINESS
April 27, 1987
Jarvik was chairman and chief executive of the Salt Lake City-based firm that manufactures and markets the artificial hearts he designed. In a release, the company said: "The board sincerely appreciates his many contributions to the company and recognizes his outstanding scientific accomplishments. The board wishes to emphasize that Jarvik's termination did not result from the recent tender offer for the company's common shares." E. M. Warburg Pincus & Co.
NEWS
June 19, 1987 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
In the first use of an artificial heart in California, a team of surgeons in San Diego has implanted a Jarvik-7 mechanical heart in an Escondido man whose transplanted human heart had failed. Randy Dunlap, 34, received the device at Sharp Memorial Hospital on Tuesday after his transplanted heart failed to support his circulation. Hospital officials said the device is to serve as a temporary "bridge" to keep Dunlap alive until another human heart can be found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1988
A biotechnology company is developing a permanent, implantable, battery-operated artificial heart, and it is hoped that the device will allow patients to lead more normal lives than earlier artificial hearts. The new heart is designed to give patients greater freedom than previous artificial hearts because it will be powered by an internal, rechargeable battery rather than attached to a bulky, external power source.
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