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UofL doctors achieve another cardiovascular first

UofL surgeons at Jewish Hospital have implanted a HeartWare ventricular assist system in a 49-year-old man with heart failure, becoming the second group in the nation and the first in Kentucky to do so as part of a clinical trial.

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UofL surgeons at Jewish Hospital have implanted a HeartWare ventricular assist system in a 49-year-old man with heart failure, becoming the second group in the nation and the first in Kentucky to do so as part of a clinical trial.

The device is designed to be implanted in the chest, avoiding the abdominal surgery usually required for other devices.

Dr. Mark Slaughter, surgery professor and chief of the UofL Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, performed the procedure. Slaughter also is director of the Heart Transplant and Mechanical Assist Device program at UofL and Jewish Hospital and is the associate medical director of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute.

The unnamed patient "responded positively to surgery and is recovering well," Slaughter says. The device’s design "facilitates a relatively quick procedure and should eliminate some of the risks associated with more invasive surgery."

HeartWare has completed an international clinical trial for the system involving five centers in Australia and Europe.

The device is the subject of a 150-patient trial in the United States that tests its use as a bridge to heart transplant. It was implanted in the first U.S. trial patient in August at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

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