New devices for chronic ventricular support.

  title={New devices for chronic ventricular support.},
  author={Kenneth L. Franco},
  journal={Journal of cardiac surgery},
  volume={16 3},
Congestive heart failure affects 5 million people in the United States with 500,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Medical and surgical therapy have helped many patients but when these options fail, heart transplantation remains the only other treatment available to help improve their condition. Heart transplantation suffers from the lack of a sufficient number of suitable donor organs, the complications of chronic immunosuppression, and many patients die while on the waiting list. A number of… CONTINUE READING

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