Healthcare Industry News:  ventricular assist device 

Devices Cardiology

 News Release - May 4, 2010

Edward Hospital Adopts TandemHeart(R), Designed to Offer New Hope to Heart Patients

NAPERVILLE, Ill. & PITTSBURGH--(HSMN NewsFeed)--CardiacAssist Inc. announced today that Edward Hospital has adopted the company’s TandemHeart® System.

Edward Hospital is in select company: TandemHeart is now being used in more than 90% of the “Best U.S. Heart & Heart Surgery Hospitals” as ranked by U.S. News & World Report—with more than 2,000 TandemHeart procedures performed to date at some 150 hospitals across the United States.

“TandemHeart is at the front lines of helping us treat critically ill cardiac patients,” said Timothy Larkin, M.D., an interventional cardiologist with Midwest Heart Specialists. “If TandemHeart were not available, our only option is an intra-aortic balloon pump versus transferring an unstable patient for a left ventricular assist device. TandemHeart allows us to provide an additional level of care to critically ill cardiac patients.”

FDA-cleared TandemHeart can be placed rapidly by both cardiac surgeons in an operating room and interventional cardiologists in a cath lab to provide short-term circulatory support for critically ill patients. Hemodynamic support includes a high net blood-flow rate of up to eight liters per minute in the OR or five liters per minute in the catheterization lab—more than twice the amount of other available technologies—and is fully reimbursed by Medicare.

About CardiacAssist

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, privately held CardiacAssist is a growing and profitable medical technology company that develops, manufactures and markets cardiac assist devices. The Company has developed the world’s first and only proprietary platform, FDA-cleared and CE-Marked TandemHeart® — which provides a short-term extracorporeal circulatory support system for both cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.

Source: CardiacAssist

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