author={Roland Hetzer and Johannes H. M{\"u}ller and Yu-guo Weng and Rudolf X. Meyer and Michael Dandel},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={71 3 Suppl},
          S109-13; discussion S114-5
BACKGROUND Patients with end-stage heart failure placed on a cardiac assist device show at least some degree of improvement of cardiac function. In a subgroup of selected patients, some hearts recovered considerable function. In these patients the device was removed and cardiac transplantation was no longer necessary. We report our long-term experience with these weaned patients. METHODS As of today, 512 cardiac assist devices of various types (Berlin Heart, Berlin, Germany; Novacor, World… CONTINUE READING
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