Irving Assistant Professor of SurgeryColumbia UniversityNew York, NY
Patrick McCarthy MD
Surgical Director, Kaufman Center for Heart FailureCleveland, OHProgram Director, Heart TransplantationCleveland Clinic FoundationCleveland, OH
Portable battery-powered devices that allowhospital discharge are currently being used invirtually all patients.Implanting these devices has become routine;from 1 per month in the early 1990s to 1 perweek currently.New implantable LVADs are being developedthat are much smaller, continuous flow pumps.
Left ventricular assist devices
The Jarvik 2000 was implanted at the TexasHeart Institute in April 2000.It is a valveless, electrically powered,miniature axial flow pump about the size of a"C" battery.It fits directly into the left ventricle and pushesoxygenated blood throughout the body