Surgeons in Pennsylvania Implanted Jarvik 2000 Heart Assist System in Heart Failure Patient

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On Monday morning, March 19, cardiac surgeons Scott Silvestry, M.D. and Linda Bogar, M.D. at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital opened the chest of a 55-year-old man suffering from chronic heart failure and implanted a Jarvik 2000 Heart Assist System to save his life. The Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant team at Jefferson University Hospital is the first in the state to implant the new device.

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In a little more than four hours, the Jarvik 2000 Heart Assist System was helping the man's heart resume its normal blood flow. Rather than take over for the biological heart, the Jarvik 2000 Heart Assist System augments the weakened heart's blood output to help to restore a normal flow throughout the body.

"The Jarvik 2000 Heart Assist System is the next generation of assist devices

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