Temporary solution for patients while waiting for a donor heart...BD
Two months after being implanted with a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) to support his dying heart, Mike Gadiel's heart began to fail again. On June 22, surgeons at University of Muenster saved his life by removing both the LVAD and his dying heart, and implanting their first CardioWest" temporary Total Artificial Heart (TAH-t). This implant marked University of Muenster's completion of the CardioWest artificial heart certification program, started in 2006. The CardioWest artificial heart is the world's first and only FDA and CE approved temporary artificial heart. It replaces both the left and right ventricles and pumps up to 9.5 liters per minute, which is more than any other approved device. University of Muenster is the 12th hospital in Europe and the 22nd in the world to become certified to implant the CardioWest artificial heart.