Heart Pumps Help Those with Heart Failure

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, June 16 (UPI) — Some people with heart failure can be helped by mechanical heart pumps, a researcher in Sweden said.

Hans Liden, a researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy and consulting surgeon at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, said heart failure patients using heart pumps are surviving both in the short- and long-term.

For his thesis, Liden studied 99 patients in Sweden who had life-threatening heart failure, and who were treated with a heart pump for short- or long-term circulatory support.

Half of those receiving short-term support recovered sufficient heart function to be able to return home. Most patients given long-term support have gone on to have heart transplants, Liden says.

“Two-thirds of these patients survived,” Liden says in a statement. “A total of around 300 patients have been treated with heart pumps at the hospital over the years — and with good results.”

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