New device to provide relief for heart failure victims
Updated: Friday, April 27 2012, 09:18 PM EDT
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A new experimental device may soon provide some hope for thousands of people with heart failure who are waiting for transplants.
It's called the Heart Ware device and keeps the heart pumping while patients wait for a transplant.
It's implanted into the left ventricle of the heart and takes over the function of the sick ventricle, pumping blood out into the body.
The machine is connected to a tube that exits through the abdomen and hooks into a battery on a device that looks similar to a fanny pack.
An FDA panel voted this week to recommend the device for approval despite some safety concerns, saying the benefits outweigh the risks for critical patients.