Saturday, July 31, 2010

Heart Mate II by IJN

Product: Heart Mate II
[left ventricular assist device (LVAD)]
Introduced in Malaysia by: Institut Jantung Negara (IJN)
[source: Berita Harian (July 31,2010):page 2)]
Developed by: Thoratec Corporation
Features: 1 - less than 1kg in weight
2 - capable of pumping one-litre-blood within 10 minutes

Functions: 1 - act as permanent therapy in patients with severe heart failure
eg: 'dilated cardiomyopathy'
(jantung lemah, membengkak dan tidak boleh mengepam darah)

2 - to maintain a continuous flow of blood in the patient's body
3 - to improve function on the right side of the heart

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