Mechanical reliability of the Jarvik 2000 Heart.

  title={Mechanical reliability of the Jarvik 2000 Heart.},
  author={Michael P. Siegenthaler and O. Howard Frazier and Friedhelm Beyersdorf and Juergen Martin and Hillel Laks and John A. Elefteriades and Asghar Khaghani and Ulf Kjellman and B. L. Koul and John Pepper and Robert K Jarvik and Stephen Westaby},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={81 5},
  pages={1752-8; discussion 1758-9}
BACKGROUND Device failure is a limitation of permanent mechanical circulatory support. We studied the mechanical reliability of the Jarvik 2000 Heart, an axial flow pump with ceramic bearings designed to provide more than 10 years' durability. METHODS The Jarvik 2000 Heart was implanted in 102 patients between April 2000 and December 2004. Eighty-three pumps with an abdominal driveline were implanted as a bridge-to-transplantation, and 19 with postauricular power supply as lifetime therapy… CONTINUE READING
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